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Polynuclear Cu4I4py4 complex loaded in mesoporous silica: Photophysics, theoretical investigation, and highly sensitive oxygen sensing application

Ravaro, LP and Almeida, TR and Queiroz De Albuquerque, R and De Camargo, ASS (2016) Polynuclear Cu4I4py4 complex loaded in mesoporous silica: Photophysics, theoretical investigation, and highly sensitive oxygen sensing application. Dalton Transactions. ISSN 1477-9226

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Abstract

The polynuclear Cu4I4py4 complex has been largely studied in solution and in the powder form due to its interesting luminescent properties, which are largely dependent on temperature and pressure. In this work, we present the synthesis of the complex and its wet impregnation in a mesoporous silica host obtained by sol-gel methodology. For optimized guest loadings, the well-dispersed guest molecules exhibit strong interaction with molecular oxygen, resulting in a significant quenching of the luminescence. The process is highly reversible with a Stern-Volmer constant of Ksv = 33.8, which is the largest value found in the literature for similar complexes in the solid state, suggesting that the new material is a promising candidate for high sensitivity oxygen sensing. Density Functional Theory (DFT) and Time-Dependent DFT (TD-DFT) calculations reveal a weak intermolecular interaction between two guest complexes in the excited state, suggesting the formation of an excited state complex (excimer). The assumption of triplet excimer formation is confirmed by temperature- and concentration-dependent experiments, which provides a new way to explain the giant Stokes shift observed for the guest complex in different media.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Divisions: Pharmacy & Biomolecular Sciences
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2016 08:36
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 08:36
DOI or Identification number: 10.1039/C6DT03121H
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4239

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