Structural characterization, magnetic and luminescent properties of praseodymium(III)-4,4,4-trifluoro-1- (2-naphthyl)butane-1,3-dionato(1-) complexes

Franz A. Mautner*, Florian Bierbaumer, Roland C. Fischer, Ramon Vicente, Ànnia Tubau, Arnau Ferran, Salah S. Massoud

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Four new Pr(III) mononuclear complexes of formula [Pr(ntfa)3(MeOH)2] (1), [Pr(ntfa)3(bipy)2] (2), [Pr(ntfa)3(4,4'-Mt2bipy)] (3) and [Pr(ntfa)3(5,5'-Me2bipy)] (4), where ntfa = 4,4,4- trifuoro-1-(naphthalen-2-yl)butane-1,3-dionato(1-), 5,5'-Me2bipy = 5,5'-dimethyl-2,2'-dipyridine, 4,4'-Mt2bipy = 4,4'-dimethoxy-2,2'-dipyridine, have been synthesized and structurally characterized. The complexes display the coordination numbers 8 for 1, 3 and 4, and 10 for 2. Magnetic measurements of complexes 1-4 were consistent with a magnetically uncoupled Pr3+ ion in the 3H4 ground state. The solid state luminescence studies showed that the ancillary chelating bipyridyl ligands in the 2-4 complexes greatly enhance the luminescence emission in the visible and NIR regions through efficient energy transfer from the ligands to the central Pr3+ ion; behaving as “antenna” ligands.

Original languageEnglish
Article number179
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021


  • Antenna effect
  • Beta-diketonate anion
  • Crystal structure
  • Luminescence
  • Magnetic properties
  • Praseodymium(III)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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