A triboluminescent europium(III) complex

Zhiping Zheng, Jiafu Wang, Hui Liu, Michael D. Carducci, Nasser Peyghambarian, Ghassan E. Jabbourb

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The crystal structure of (4,4′-dimethyl-2,2′-bipyridyl)tris[3,3,3-trifluoro-1-(2-thenoyl)prop an-2-onato]europium(III), or more commonly (4,4′-dimethyl-2,2′-bipyridyl)tris(2-thenoyltrifluoro-acetonato)euro pium(III), [Eu(C8H4F3O2S)3(C12H12N2)], has been determined. Crystals of the complex emit vivid red light when scratched or fractured. This triboluminescent activity seems to correlate with the non-centrosymmetric crystal structure and disorder of the thienyl rings and CF3 groups which is present here and in similar compounds. While modeling the thienyl-ring disorder, it was noted that the bond angle at the C atom replaced by S is a sensitive sign of even small rotational ring disorder. The coordination geometry of the EuIII ion can be described as square antiprismatic, with coordination by the six O atoms of the three chelating β-diketonate ligands and the two N atoms of the neutral bipyridyl ligand.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)m50-m52
JournalActa Crystallographica Section C: Crystal Structure Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2002

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  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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