Alkylation effects in lanthanide complexes involving tetrathiafulvalene chromophores: Experimental and theoretical correlation between magnetism and near-infrared emission

Goulven Cosquer, Fabrice Pointillart, Julie Jung, Boris Le Guennic, Stéphane Golhen, Olivier Cador, Yannick Guyot, Alain Brenier, Olivier Maury, Lahcène Ouahab

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Abstract

Mononuclear complexes with the formula [Ln(hfac)3(L 1)] and [Ln(hfac)3(L2)] with hfac- = 1,1,1,5,5,5-hexafluoroacetylacetonate, L1 = 2-{4,5-[4,5- bis(propylthio)tetrathiafulvalenyl]-1H-benzimidazol-2-yl}pyridine and L 2 = 2-{1-methylpyridyl-4,5-[4,5-bis(propylthio)tetrathiafulvalenyl]- 1H-benzimidazol-2-yl}pyridine are reported for Ln = YIII, Er III and YbIII. The X-ray structures reveal that the Ln(hfac)3 moieties are coordinated to the bidentate 1-(2-pyridylmethyl)benzimidazole acceptor. The coordination polyhedron is described as a more or less distorted triangular dodecahedron prism (D 2d symmetry), depending on the degree of alkylation of the ligand. The influence of this distortion on the magnetic and photophysical properties is determined by the fit of the static magnetic measurements and luminescence spectra. Irradiation of the lowest-energy intraligand charge transfer (ILCTs) bands (21740 cm-1) induces the metal-centred 4I 13/24I15/2 and 2F 5/22F7/2 luminescence for the Er III and YbIII complexes, respectively. The alkylation enhances both the intensity and lifetime of the YbIII luminescence. The ErIII luminescence can be sensitised by the antenna effect, whereas the YbIII luminescence could involve a photoinduced electron transfer (PET). Finally, the evolution of the YbIII luminescence spectra shape due to the alkylation is directly correlated to the energy splitting of the MJ states that stem from the 2F 7/2 multiplet ground state. Ab initio calculations give evidence of the nature of the MJ ground state as well as the orientation of the associated magnetic anisotropy axis (i.e., the one that lies along the less electronegative direction). The key role of the imidazole proton of L 2 is highlighted. The calculated energy splitting of the 2F5/2 multiplet state perfectly matches the emission lines.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-82
Number of pages14
JournalEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan

Keywords

  • Ab initio calculations
  • Alkylation
  • Lanthanides
  • Luminescence
  • Magnetic properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry

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