Modification of the luminescence properties of an Europium(III) Tris(β-diketonate) Complex by Inclusion in γ-cyclodextrin and 2,3,6-trimethyl-γ-cyclodextrin
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A 1:1 inclusion compound between octakis(2,3,6-tri-O-methyl)-γ-cyclodextrin (TRIMEG) and the chelate complex Eu(NTA)3·2H2O (NTA=1-(2-naphthoyl)-3,3,3-trifluoroacetonate) was prepared and characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The results were compared with those obtained for the corresponding native γ-CD adduct. Excitation and emission spectra were measured, and the lifetimes were determined for the Eu3+ first excited state (5D0). The results indicate the presence of only one low-symmetry environment for the Eu3+ cations in the inclusion compounds. Encapsulation of the Europium complex in the two CDs increases the quantum efficiency of the ligand-to-metal energy transfer pathway, but the efficiency of the Eu3+ sensitization was significantly higher with TRIMEG as the host molecule. This may be related with the observation that the two hosts appear to have different influences on the Eu3+ coordination environments for the guest molecule.
Keywordscyclodextrins β-diketonate Europium inclusion compounds luminescence TRIMEG
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This work was partly funded by the FCT, POCTI and FEDER (Project POCTI/CTM/46780/2002). JAF and SSB thank the FCT for grants.
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