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Luminescent Coordination Polymers

Hélène Serier-Brault (Associate Professor), Rémi Dessapt (Associate Professor)

Coordination polymers are organic-inorganic hybrid materials containing metal centers or metallic clusters linked by organic molecules. The multitude of organic ligands and metal ions makes it possible to form varied mono and multidimensional networks. When the metal center is a lanthanide ion, the material exhibits luminescence properties via an antenna effect of the organic part. These emission properties are of interest for lighting applications but also as nano-thermometers since the emission of certain lanthanides may vary with temperature. Recently, we are developing new coordination polymers based on Eu3+ and Tb3+ ions as a nanoscale temperature probe.


Structure of Ln2[(1,3-BDC)3(H2O)2]žH2O ; (b) photographs of the coordination polymers Tb2-xEux[(1,3-BDC)3(H2O)2].žH2O under UV irradiation
Involved people
  • Hélène Serier-Brault (Associate Professor)
  • Rémi Dessapt (Associate Professor)
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