Near infrared luminescent hexanuclear zinc-lanthanide prisms: Synthesis, structure and luminescent properties

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

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The use of the Schiff-base ligand N,N′-bis(3-methoxysalicylidene) ethylene-1,2-diamine (H2L) and fumarate (fum) enables the construction of the hexanuclear luminescent Zn-Ln complexes [Zn4Ln2L4(fum)2] (NO3)2·3CH3OH (Ln = Nd 1; Yb 2; Er 3; Gd 4). The complexes have been characterized by elemental analysis, FT-IR spectra and ESI mass spectrometer. The single crystal X-ray crystallographic study has been carried out on 1. Luminescent properties of these complexes including UV-Vis absorption spectra, excitation, visible and NIR region emission spectra, and NIR emission lifetime have been determined. The intrinsic near-infrared luminescent quantum yield of 1 and 2 are estimated to be 0.63% and 0.84% calculated from the observed lifetime and the natural lifetime of the lanthanide ions, respectively. Systematic analysis suggests that enhancement of near infrared emission could be observed upon construction of the stable polynuclear structures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-164
Number of pages5
JournalInorganica Chimica Acta
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Fumarate
  • Luminescent prism
  • Near-infrared
  • Schiff-base
  • Sensitization and energy transfer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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