Hierarchical Self-Assembly of Luminescent Tartrate-Bridged Chiral Binuclear Tb(III) Complexes in Ethanol

Jing Liu, Masa Aki Morikawa, Hairui Lei, Keita Ishiba, Nobuo Kimizuka

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    A new family of supramolecular metalloamphiphiles carrying two metal centers is developed. They are formed by bridging two coordinatively unsaturated lipophilic Tb3+ complexes (TbL+) with chiral dicarboxylate anions. The formation of bridging coordination bonds is confirmed using UV spectroscopy, induced circular dichroism (ICD), increased luminescence intensity of TbL+, and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESIMS) analysis. These supramolecular metalloamphiphiles hierarchically self-assemble in ethanol to give luminescent nanospheres, as observed using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The two hydroxyl groups introduced in the bridging ligands of [TbL]2(d-/l-tartrate) significantly promote self-assembly by increasing coherent forces via intermolecular hydrogen bonding. The observed self-assembly in ethanol also merits mention because such polar alcoholic media have been unfavorable for conventional molecular self-assemblies. The present approach offers a new molecular design strategy for composable metalloamphiphiles.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)10597-10603
    Number of pages7
    Issue number41
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 18 2016

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Materials Science(all)
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Surfaces and Interfaces
    • Spectroscopy
    • Electrochemistry


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