Author(s) Zou, D.H.; Wang, P.; Luo, W.; Le Hou, J.; Zhu, Q.Y.; Dai, J.
Journal Inorg Chem
Date Published 2018 Jan 22

Organic gelators and metal-coordination frameworks based on perylene derivatives as functional materials have attracted great attention because of their intense fluorescence emission as well as unique electronic and photonic properties. We report here the structures and properties of a luminescent titanium(IV) coordination compound of a perylene tetracarboxylate (PTC) derivative, [Ti2(OiPr)6(L1)(phen)2] (1), along with its two naphthalene analogues, [Ti2(OiPr)6(L2)(phen)2] (2) and [Ti2(OiPr)6(L2)(bpy)2] (3), where L1 = 3,9-dicarboxylate-(4,10-diisopropanolcarboxylate)perylene, phen = 1,10-phenanthroline, L2 = 1,5-dicarboxylate-(2,6-diisopropanolcarboxylate)naphthalene, and bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine. Compound 1 is a rare early-transition-metal PTC coordination compound that can be simply prepared in one pot as crystals by a low-heat synthesis. Unlike those of paramagnetic late-transition-metal PTC compounds, compound 1 showed intense fluorescence emission. More remarkably, the crystals of 1 can be turned immediately to a fluorescent hydrogel just through a simple procedure, putting the crystals in water and then treating with ultrasound. No acid catalyst or pH adjustment is needed. Hydrolysis of the titanium isopropanol group in water and π-π interaction of the perylene and phen play important roles in the gelation process. The film prepared from the gel can be used as a visual fluorescence sensor for aromatic amines and phenols, which are hazards for the human and environment.

DOI 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b02985
ISSN 1520-510X
Citation Inorg Chem. 2018.

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