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Title: Highly Luminescent Salts Containing Well-Shielded Lanthanide-Centered Complex Anions and Bulky Imidazolium Countercations

Four salts containing imidazolium cations and europium(III)- or terbium(III)-centered complex anions have been successfully synthesized from an ethanol/H2O solution. The single-crystal X-ray diffraction analyses reveal that these compounds have a common formula of [R][Ln(DETCAP)4] [R = 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium (C2mim), Ln = Eu (1) and Tb (2); R = 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium (C4mim), Ln = Eu (3) and Tb (4); DETCAP = diethyl-2,2,2-trichloroacetylphosphoramidate], in which the lanthanide centers are chelated by four chelating pseudo-β-diketonate ligands (DETCAP)-, forming the respective complex anions. Their thermal behaviors and stabilities were also investigated to study the role of the length of the side chain in the cations. Fluorescence measurements at both room temperature and liquid-nitrogen temperature show that these materials show intense characteristic europium(III) or terbium(III) emissions and have long decay times. Their overall quantum yields were determined to be in the range of 30–49%.
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  1. Chinese Academy of Science
  2. Ruhr-Universitat Bochum
  3. Ruhr Universitat Bochum
  4. Ames Laboratory
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Report Number(s):
IS-J 8447
Journal ID: ISSN 0020-1669
DOE Contract Number:
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Inorganic Chemistry; Journal Volume: 53; Journal Issue: 17
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Research Org:
Ames Laboratory (AMES), Ames, IA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE Inorganic Chemicals and Reactions