Photosensized controlling benzyl methacrylate-based matrix enhanced Eu 3+ narrow-band emission for fluorescence applications

Jiann Fong Lee, Hsuen Li Chen, Geneh Siang Lee, Shao Chin Tseng, Mei Hsiang Lin, Wen Bin Liau

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This study synthesized a europium (Eu 3+) complex Eu(DBM)3Cl-MIP (DBM = dibenzoyl methane; Cl-MIP = 2-(2-chlorophenyl)-1-methyl-1H-imidazo[4,5- f][1,10]phenanthroline) dispersed in a benzyl methacrylate (BMA) monomer and treated with ultraviolet (UV) light for polymerization. Spectral results showed that the europium complex containing an antenna, Cl-MIP, which had higher triplet energy into the Eu 3+ energy level, was an energetically enhanced europium emission. Typical stacking behaviors of π-π interactions between the ligands and the Eu 3+-ion were analyzed using single crystal X-ray diffraction. Regarding the luminescence performance of this europium composite, the ligand/defect emission was suppressed by dispersion in a poly-BMA (PBMA) matrix. The underlying mechanism of the effective enhancement of the pure Eu 3+ emission was attributed to the combined effects of structural modifications, defect emissions, and carrier charge transfer. Fluorescence spectra were compared to the composite of optimized Eu 3+ emission where they were subsequently chelated to four metal ions via carboxylate groups on the BMA unit. The optical enhanced europium composite clearly demonstrated highly efficient optical responses and is, therefore a promising application as an optical detection material.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3718-3737
Number of pages20
JournalInternational journal of molecular sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012


  • Europium complex
  • Fluorescence detection
  • Metal-ion chelating
  • Optical tuning
  • UV-curing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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