The potential of pyridine-2,6-dicarboxylic acid based organolanthanide complexes for efficient near-infrared emission

Richard J. Curry, Michael R. George, Martin C. Grossel

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    Abstract

    We present detailed spectroscopic data obtained from Nd3+ pyridine-2,6-dicarboxylic acid based complexes in which the 4-position of the pyridine ring has been substituted with OH and Cl. In each case the ligands formed stable complexes with the Nd3+ ion without the requirement for any additional 'neutral' ligand to satisfy the 8-9 coordination requirement of the lanthanide ion. Photoluminescence is observed from both the ligand (centered ∼700 nm) and the Nd3+ ion (at ∼900 nm, 1064 nm, and 1320 nm due to the 4F3/24I9/2, 4F3/24I11/2, and 4F13/24I9/2 transitions respectively) following excitation in the low energy tail of the ligand π → π* absorption. The intensity of the ligand emission and sensitized Nd3+ emission was found to be dependent on the substituted 4-position of the pyridine ring. The origin of the observed phenomena are discussed in relation to the energy transfer process from ligand to Nd 3+ ion and the non-radiative relaxation of the sensitized Nd 3+ ion. These results suggest that further modification of the ligand through complete halogenation and/or addition of other functional groups may provide an attractive route to obtaining an efficient near-infrared emitting organolanthanide complex.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number59371R
    Pages (from-to)1-9
    Number of pages9
    JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
    Volume5937
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

    Keywords

    • Nd
    • Near-infrared emission
    • Organolanthanide
    • Photoluminescence
    • Pyridine-2,6-dicarboxylic acid

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