Tuning the rare-earth UiO-66 metal–organic framework platform for white light emission

30 August 2022, Version 1
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Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) have received notable attention owing to their structural diversity, permanent porosity, and high surface areas. In addition to these properties, rare-earth (RE) MOFs have the added feature of tunable photoluminescence dictated by the identity of the metal ion and organic linker in the RE-MOF. Herein, we explore the tunable photoluminescent properties of RE-UiO-66 by synthesizing and characterizing mono-, bi- and tri-metal RE-UiO-66 analogues where RE = Tb(III), Gd(III), and Eu(III), to ultimately design a white light emitting MOF. The photophysical properties of this series of MOFs are explored and, as a proof of concept, the tri-metal Tb:Gd:Eu-UiO-66 is used as a surface coating on a UV light emitting diode (LED) to give a white light emitting device.


metal-organic frameworks
white light emission
rare-earth MOFs
rare-earth cluster-based MOFs

Supplementary materials

Supporting Information
Experimental Details, additional PXRD, DRIFTS and Photoluminescence Spectra


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