Discovery of Superbroad Mid-Infrared Luminescent Metal-Organic Framework Glass

28 January 2019, Version 1
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Metal-organic framework (MOF) glasses are a newly discovered family of melt-quenched glasses. However, so far it is not known whether these glasses exhibit photonic functionalities. Here, we show the discovery of the luminescent behavior of a MOF glass, i.e., the cobalt doped zeolitic imidazolate frameworks-62 (ZIF-62) glass (Zn1-x Cox (Im)1.9 (bIm)0.1, x = 0, 0.1 and 0.5), which was obtained by melt-quenching its corresponding ZIF-62 crystal. The synthesized crystal was precipitated in the form of spherical nano/micro-crystalline structure, which collapses structurally to form laminated glass with ultrahigh glass forming ability and the same short range molecular structure of the parent crystalline MOF. We observed the super-broadband mid-infrared (Mid-IR) luminescence (in the wavelength range of 1.5 µm – 4.8 µm) both in the crystalline and amorphous phases. The observed Mid-IR emission originates from d-d transition of Co2+ ions that is protected by the strong Co-N coordination. The discovery of the luminescent glasses may pave the way towards new photonic applications of bulk MOF glasses, such as Mid-IR lasers.


laminated glass structure
Mid-IR luminescence


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