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Tunable, Ligand-Based Emission from Inorganic−Organic Frameworks: A New Approach to Phosphors for Solid State Lighting and Other Applications

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posted on 2010-04-13, 00:00 authored by Joshua D. Furman, Alina Y. Warner, Simon J. Teat, Alexander A. Mikhailovsky, Anthony K. Cheetham
Two dense inorganic−organic frameworks were prepared using the intrinsically luminescent organic ligand 9-fluorenone-2,7-dicarboxylic acid (H2FDC) in combination with the alkaline earth metals calcium and strontium. Ca(FDC)(H2O)2 (1) and Sr(FDC)(H2O)5·2H2O (2) were prepared hydrothermally and both adopt three-dimensional framework structures. They absorb strongly between 380 and 460 nm and show broad visible emission with peaks at 503 and 526 nm, respectively. Structure 1 shows a quantum yield at room temperature of 7.8% which increases to 15% at −196 °C, while structure 2 shows a room temperature quantum yield of 2.8%, increasing to 3.3% at −196 °C.