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Chemical Sciences and Technology Division, CSIR – Network of Institutes for Solar Energy, National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science & Technology (NIIST), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Thiruvananthapuram-695 019, India
Dalton Trans., 2013,42, 2663-2678
17 Oct 2012,
03 Dec 2012
First published online
20 Dec 2012
On account of their intrinsic chemical and spectroscopic properties, luminescent lanthanide molecular materials find potential applications in lighting, optical communications, photonics and biomedical devices. This perspective article summarizes some recent seminal research work on luminescent properties and structural aspects of a series of lanthanide benzoate complexes featuring Eu3+ and Tb3+ ions. In particular, when modified with light-harvesting moieties, benzoates have proven to be efficient sensitizers for lanthanide ions. The photoluminescence properties of the various lanthanide benzoate coordination compounds have also been correlated with the electronic states of the newly designed antenna molecules.
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