Photo-luminescent hetero-tetranuclear Zn2Ln2 (Ln = Nd, Yb, Er, Gd, Eu or Tb) complexes self-assembled from the benzimidazole-based HL and bpe

Han Liu, Yao Zhang, Wei Xu Feng, Pei Yang Su, Guo Xiang Shi, Zhao Zhang, Dai Di Fan, Rong Lu, Xing Qiang Lü*, Rick W K WONG, Richard A. Jones

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Through the self-assembly of the benzimidazole-based ligand HL (HL = 2-(1H-benzo[d]imidazol-2-yl)-6-methoxyohenol) with Zn(OAc)2, Ln(NO3)3 (Ln = Nd, Yb, Er, Gd, Eu or Tb) and bpe (bpe = trans-bis(4-pyridyl)ethylene), six hetero-tetranuclear Zn2Ln 2-arrayed complexes (Ln = Nd, 1; Yb, 2; Er, 3; Gd, 4; Eu 5; or Tb, 6) are obtained, respectively. The result of their photophysical properties shows that the characteristic near-infrared (NIR) luminescence of Nd3 +, Yb3 + or Er3 + ions and visible luminescence of Tb 3 + ions with emissive lifetimes in microsecond ranges have been sensitized from the excited states (1LC and 3LC) of the benzimidazole-based ligand, while due to the charge-transfer process from the ligand excited state to the Eu3 + ions, the Eu3 +-based emissions are quenched in complex 5.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-216
Number of pages4
JournalInorganic Chemistry Communication
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

User-Defined Keywords

  • Lanthanide luminescence
  • Sensitization and energy transfer
  • ZnLn-arrayed benzimidazole-based complexes


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