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A hemiaminal–ether structure stabilized by lanthanide complexes with an imidazole-based Schiff base ligand

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Abstract

Imidazole-based lanthanide complexes bearing a hemiaminal-ether pendant, [Ln(L′-OR)(NO3)2](NO3)·solvent (Ln = Tb and Gd; L′-OR = hemiaminal-ether ligand, 1,9-bis(1H-imidazole-4-yl)-5-[(R-1H-imidazole-4-yl)alkyl]-2,5,8-triazanon-1,8-dien; R = Me and Et; solvent = MeOH, EtOH, and H2O; abbreviated as LnL′-OR), were unexpectedly obtained from the reaction of diethylenetriamine with 4-imidazolecarbaldehyde in the presence of lanthanide nitrate in alcohol. These LnL′-OR structures were also obtained by treating dipodal imidazole-based lanthanide complexes [Ln(HL)(NO3)2(MeOH)](NO3)·MeOH (HL = bis{[2-{(imidazole-4-yl)methylidene}amino]ethyl}amine; abbreviated as LnHL) independently with (i) 4-imidazolecarbaldehyde, (ii) HNO3, or (iii) NO in alcohol. The results indicate that the hemiaminal-ether structure is stabilized by the lanthanide complex. The LnL′-OR structures were confirmed by X-ray analysis and cold electrospray ionization mass spectrometry in solution. The photophysical properties indicate that the L′-OR ligands can sensitize the Tb3+ luminescence. A significant spectral change was observed by the ligand component exchange. The exchange of the ligand component of the non-luminescent imidazole-based Tb complex, [Tb(MeL)(NO3)2](NO3) (MeL = bis{[2-{(1-methylimidazole-2-yl)methylidene}amino]ethyl}amine; abbreviated as TbMeL), results in a significant spectral change.

Graphical abstract: A hemiaminal–ether structure stabilized by lanthanide complexes with an imidazole-based Schiff base ligand

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The article was received on 22 Dec 2017, accepted on 18 Jan 2018 and first published on 19 Jan 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7DT04843B
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2018,47, 2638-2645
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    A hemiaminal–ether structure stabilized by lanthanide complexes with an imidazole-based Schiff base ligand

    C. Kachi-Terajima, T. Shimoyama, T. Ishigami, M. Ikeda and Y. Habata, Dalton Trans., 2018, 47, 2638
    DOI: 10.1039/C7DT04843B

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