Triboluminescence of Centrosymmetric Lanthanide β-Diketonate Complexes with Aggregation-Induced Emission

Ho-Yin Wong, Wesley Chan, Ga-Lai Law
2019 Molecules  
Triboluminescence (TL) is a form of light emission induced upon mechanical forces on the material. However, our understanding of this phenomenon is still unclear and more examples are therefore needed in order to elucidate its mechanism. In this work, two types of TL complexes, [Eu(pp-dbm-Cl2)3phen] and [Eu(mm-dbm-Cl2)3phen], which also displays aggregation-induced emission (AIE) were synthesized and investigated for its photo-physical and crystal structural properties. These complexes were
more » ... complexes were crystallized in a centro-symmetric space group P21/n, and remarkably, displayed TL upon grinding that may be due to the presence of extensive π···π, C-H···π and C-H···Cl-C interactions in the close molecular packing of its structure. This rare example deviates from the widely accepted mechanism of TL, hence widening the scope of our understanding in the area.
doi:10.3390/molecules24040662 fatcat:pd5cwpd27rg3voih2fqwkfvcai