Effective enhancement of near-infrared emission by carbazole modification in the Zn-Nd bimetallic Schiff-base complexes

Shunsheng Zhao, Xiangrong Liu, Weixu Feng, Xingqiang Lü, Wai Yeung Wong, Wai Kwok Wong

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With ZnL1or ZnL2from the simple Salen-type Schiff-base ligand H2L1(H2L1N,N′-bis(3-methoxysalicylidene)-ethylene-1,2-diamine) or the carbazole-modified Salen-type Schiff-base ligand H2L2(H2L2N,N′-bis(3-methoxy-5-{2-[4-(N-carbazyl)- phenyl]-ethynyl}-ethylene-1,2-diamine) as the precursor, two series of four bimetallic ZnLn complexes (Ln=Nd(1 or 3), Ln=Gd (2 or 4) are obtained, respectively. The photophysical properties results showed that the sensitization from the excited state (1LC and3LC) of the ligand H2L1or H2L2and the effective energy transfer of Zn2+-Schiff-base (ZnL1or ZnL2) to the Nd3+ion for the NIR luminescence were realized, respectively. Especially through the cabarzole modification, the improved NIR luminescence of the ZnNd complex 3 was observed due to the realization of the energy level's match of the excited state of the chromophore to the Nd3+ion's exciting state.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-45
Number of pages5
JournalInorganic Chemistry Communications
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Carbazole modification
  • Enhanced NIR luminescence
  • Sensitization and energy transfer
  • ZnNd binuclear Schiff-base complex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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