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Incorporation of luminescent lanthanide complex inside the channels of organically modified mesoporous silica via template-ion exchange method

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Luminescent lanthanide complex, Eu(phen)2Cl3·2H2O (Euphen, phen = 1,10-phenanthroline) has been incorporated inside the channels of mesoporous silica MCM-41 with its external surface modified by phenyltriethoxysilane (Ph-Si(OEt)3) via a simple template-ion exchange method. The passivation of active groups such as silanols in the external surface ensures that the ion exchange reaction occurs between the surfactant cations and the lanthanide complex ions inside the channels of the modified MCM-41. The passivation result is confirmed by 29Si MAS NMR spectroscopy. FT-IR demonstrates that the cationic surfactants are completely removed. XRD and N2 adsorption–desorption measurements are employed to characterize the mesostructure of Euphen-Ph-MCM-41. Luminescence and stability studies on the materials of Euphen and Euphen-Ph-MCM-41 show that the resultant hybrid material Euphen-Ph-MCM-41 exhibits the characteristic emission of Eu3+ ions under UV irradiation with higher 5D0 luminescence quantum efficiency, longer lifetime and better thermal stability than the corresponding pure complex Euphen. Moreover, the characterization results show that the local symmetry and the first coordination shell of Eu3+ ions are changed after the complex ions become incorporated into the MCM-41 channels and that a more symmetric environment is occupied by the Eu3+ ions in Euphen-Ph-MCM-41 than in Euphen. There is also a more efficient ligand-to-Eu(III) intramolecular energy transfer process in Euphen-Ph-MCM-41.

Graphical abstract: Incorporation of luminescent lanthanide complex inside the channels of organically modified mesoporous silica via template-ion exchange method

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The article was received on 07 Apr 2005, accepted on 12 Jul 2005 and first published on 08 Aug 2005


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B504707B
Citation: New J. Chem., 2005,29, 1351-1358
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    Incorporation of luminescent lanthanide complex inside the channels of organically modified mesoporous silica via template-ion exchange method

    X. Guo, L. Fu, H. Zhang, L. D. Carlos, C. Peng, J. Guo, J. Yu, R. Deng and L. Sun, New J. Chem., 2005, 29, 1351
    DOI: 10.1039/B504707B

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