Energy-transfer luminescence of lanthanide ions encapsulated in sensitizer-modified calix[4]arenes

Nariaki Sato, Seiji Shinkai

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To induce the light-emitting properties of Tb3+ and Eu3+, calix[4]arenes bearing three amide groups (composing a metal-binding site) and one sensitizer group (phenacyl group or diphenacylcarbonyl group) on the lower rim have been synthesized. The high luminescence quantum yields (φ = 0.27 for Tb3+ and 0.061 for Eu3+) were attained by both the metal-encapsulation effect of calix[4]arenes and the selection of a sensitizer with a proper energy gap. The possible energy-transfer mechanisms from the sensitizer group to the encapsulated metal ions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)621-624
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 2
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry


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