Visible and Near-Infrared Emission from Lanthanoid beta-Triketonate Assemblies Incorporating Cesium Cations

Laura Abad Galan, Brodie L. Reid, Stefano Stagni, Alexandre N. Sobolev, Brian W. Skelton, Massimo Cocchi, Joanna M. Malicka, Eli Zysman-Colman, Evan G. Moore, Mark I. Ogden, Massimiliano Massi

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The reaction of the beta-triketonate ligands tris(4-methylbenzoyl)methanide and tribenzoylmethanide with the trivalent lanthanoids Eu3+, Er3+, and Yb3+ in the presence of Cs+ afforded polymeric structures where the repeating units ate represented by bimetallic tetranudear assemblies of formulation {[Ln(Cs) (beta-triketonate)(4)](2)}(n). The only exception is the structure formed by the reaction of tris(4-methylbenzoyl)-methanide, Yb3+, and Cs+, which yielded a polymeric assembly where the repeating units are mononuclear Yb3+ complexes bridged by Cs+ cations. Photophysical measurements on the obtained materials confirmed efficient sensitization from the ligand excited states to the 4f* excited states of the three lanthanoids. According to transient absorption data, Er3+ and Yb3+ are sensitized via energy transfer from the triplet state of the beta-triketonate ligands. On the other hand, energy transfer to Eu3+ seems to occur via, an alternative pathway, possibly directly via the singlet state or through ligand to metal charge transfer states. The emission measurements confirm efficient sensitization for all three lanthanoids and bright near-infrared emission for Er3+ and Yb3+, a characteristic that seems to be linked to the specific chemical structure of the beta-triketonate ligands.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8975-8985
Number of pages11
JournalInorganic Chemistry: including bioinorganic chemistry
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 7 Aug 2017


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