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Photoactive Hexanuclear Molybdenum Nanoclusters Embedded in Molecular Organogels

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posted on 05.07.2019, 11:35 by Carla Arnau del Valle, Carles Felip-León, César A. Angulo-Pachón, Maxim Mikhailov, Maxim N. Sokolov, Juan F. Miravet, Francisco Galindo
Hexanuclear molybdenum clusters are attractive species because of their outstanding photonic properties, and in the past they have been attached to a variety of supports such as organic polymers and inorganic nanoparticles, as described in the recent literature. Here, a cluster of the formula TBA2[Mo6I8Ac6] (TBA = tetrabutylammonium; Ac = acetate) has been supported on molecular organogels for the first time, resulting in a new soft material with remarkable photoactivity. Electron and confocal microscopic analyses showed the alignment of the nanoclusters to 1D self-assembled fibers formed by the organic gelator, and emission spectroscopy corroborated the interaction of the emissive clusters with such fibrillary structures. The new hybrid system is a deep-red emissive material (phosphorescence maximum at ca. 680 nm), with chromatic coordinates x = 0.725 and y = 0.274, capable of efficiently generating singlet oxygen (1O2) upon illumination with white light, as demonstrated by the photooxygenation of 9,10-dimethylanthracene and 1,5-dihydroxynaphthalene. The organogels can been made in dichloromethane and toluene and in both solvents display phosphorescence emission and photocatalytic properties.