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Halogen-Bonds-Based Strategy for the Design of Highly Luminescent Lanthanide Coordination Polymers as Taggants for Plastic Waste Sorting

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posted on 2024-07-02, 21:03 authored by Fallou Ngom, Aurélien Chang, Chloé Blais, Carole Daiguebonne, Yan Suffren, Magatte Camara, Guillaume Calvez, Kevin Bernot, Olivier Guillou
Reactions in water between a lanthanide ion and 3,4,5,6-tetrachloro-phthalate lead to a new series of iso-structural coordination polymers with general chemical formula [Ln2(tcpa)3(H2O)6] with Ln = Eu–Yb plus Y. The crystal structure has been solved on the Y-derivative. This compound crystallizes in the monoclinic system, space group P21/n (no. 14) with the following cell parameters: a = 6.2155(2) Å, b = 19.6652(7) Å, c = 30.3720(9) Å, β = 94.631(1)°, V = 3700.22(37) Å3, and Z = 4. Luminescence properties of homo- and heterolanthanide coordination polymers that belong to this structural family have been studied in detail. This study shows that, in this system, intermetallic energy transfers are very efficient and that dilution by an optically non active Gd3+ ion leads to quite efficient luminescent heterolanthanide coordination polymers. The luminescence of these compounds, dispersed at a low doping rate in a poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) matrix, can be observed even with the naked eye. This study opens the way to the use of such compounds as taggants for optical sorting of plastic waste and consecutive recycling.

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