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An intensive green emitting terbium complex using a newly designed aromatic hyperbranched polyester as an efficient antenna ligand

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The main challenge in the development of luminescent lanthanide complexes lies in the design of organic ligands. Herein, a carboxyl-terminated aromatic hyperbranched polyester (CHBPE) ligand was designed and synthesized, which has abundant branched end groups for chelating lanthanide ions, strong light-harvesting ability in the UV region, and more importantly, good energy match with the Tb3+ ion. The structure of CHBPE was characterized by MALDI-TOF MS, elemental analysis, FTIR, 1H NMR, 13C NMR, and UV-Vis absorption measurements. Subsequently, a Tb3+ complex (CHBPE-Tb3+-Phen) based on CHBPE was obtained, in which Phen was used as a co-ligand to protect Tb3+ ions and reduce non-radiative transition of Tb3+ ions. The as-prepared complex was analyzed by MALDI-TOF MS, elemental analysis, 13C NMR, FTIR and UV-Vis methods. The results demonstrated that both CHBPE and Phen coordinated to Tb3+ ions and a stable chelate structure was formed. The synergistic effect of CHBPE and Phen made the complex exhibit remarkably strong green luminescence corresponding to the Tb3+ ion upon UV excitation. The efficiency of energy transfer (Φsen) from the CHBPE to Tb3+ ion was 55.2%, revealing that CHBPE is well suitable for the sensitization of Tb3+ ions. The absolute quantum efficiency (Φoverall) and luminescence lifetime (τobs) of the complex were 27.5% and 0.28 ms, respectively. The possible energy transfer pathways in the complex system were proposed. The complex is expected to have potential application in the near ultraviolet light emitting diode (NUV-LED).

Graphical abstract: An intensive green emitting terbium complex using a newly designed aromatic hyperbranched polyester as an efficient antenna ligand

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The article was received on 29 Jun 2017, accepted on 16 Oct 2017 and first published on 17 Oct 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7TC02922E
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017,5, 11620-11630
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    An intensive green emitting terbium complex using a newly designed aromatic hyperbranched polyester as an efficient antenna ligand

    D. Liu, Y. Zhou, J. Zhao, Y. Xu, J. Shen and M. Wu, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017, 5, 11620
    DOI: 10.1039/C7TC02922E

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