Near-infrared (NIR) emitting Nd/Yb(iii) complexes sensitized by MLCT states of Ru(ii)/Ir(iii) metalloligands in the visible light region
Four Ru(II)/Ir(III) metalloligands have been designed and synthesized from polypyridine and bibenzimidazole (BiBzIm) organic ligands, which show strong visible light absorption via metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) transitions. Nd/Yb(III) complexes were further assembled from these Ru(II)/Ir(III) metalloligands, and Ln(III)-centered NIR emissions can be efficiently sensitized by 3MLCT states of the metalloligands in the visible-light region. The energy transfer rates for the complexes are generally in the order Nd > Yb, which is due to the better matching between 3MLCT states of Ru(II)/Ir(III) metalloligands and densely distributed excited states of Nd(III) ions. Long decayed lifetimes on a μs scale and high quantum yields up to 1% are obtained in these lanthanide complexes, suggesting that the Ru(II)/Ir(III) metalloligands can serve as a good visible light harvesting antenna to efficiently sensitize Ln(III)-based NIR luminescence.
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