Color tuning and white light emission via in situ doping of luminescent lanthanide metal-organic frameworks

Qun Tang, Shuxia Liu, Yiwei Liu, Danfeng He, Jun Miao, Xingquan Wang, Yujuan Ji, Zhiping Zheng

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Isostructural lanthanide metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are synthesized through the spontaneous self-assembly of H3BTPCA (1,1′, 1″-(benzene-1,3,5-triyl)tripiperidine-4-carboxylic acid) ligands and lanthanide ions (we term these MOFs Ln-BTPCA, Ln = La3+, Tb 3+, Sm3+, etc.). Prompted by the observation that the different lanthanide ions have identical coordination environment in these MOFs, we explored and succeeded in the preparation of mixed-lanthanide analogues of the single-lanthanide MOFs by way of in situ doping using a mixture of lanthanide salts. With careful adjustment of the relative concentration of the lanthanide ions, the color of the luminescence can be modulated, and white light-emission can indeed be achieved. The mechanisms possibly responsible for the observed photophysical properties of these mixed-lanthanide MOFs are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)289-293
Number of pages5
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 6 2014


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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