Synthesis, structure and tunable white-light emission of dinuclear Eu(III) Schiff base complex

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The structures and photophysical properties of Ln(III) [europium(III), terbium(III) and gadolinium(III)] complexes with the Schiff base ligands L: (E)-N′-((2-hydroxynaphthalen-1-yl)methylene)acetohydrazide have been investigated. Single crystal X-ray structure of the Eu(III) complex shows two unsymmetrical metal centers that are directly linked by three, near symmetrical phenoxo bridges. The complex exhibits extensive intramolecular stacking interactions between the naphthalene rings that lead to the formation of an excimer. By proper tuning of solvent's polarity and molecular aggregation, excitation of the Eu(III) complex in dichloromethane exhibits white emission expanding the visible region composed of blue (ligand), green (excimer) and red (sensitized Eu(III) centre) luminescence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-88
Number of pages6
JournalDyes and Pigments
Publication statusPublished - May 2014



  • Crystal structure
  • Energy transfer
  • Lanthanides
  • Luminescence
  • Schiff bases
  • White-light emission

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Process Chemistry and Technology

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