Water-soluble neutral calix[4]arene-lanthanide complexes: synthesis and luminescence properties

F.J. Steemers, Frank J. Steemers, Hans G. Meuris, Willem Verboom, David Reinhoudt, Eric B. van der Tol, Jan W. Verhoeven

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Water-soluble calix[4]arenes 10a,b with chromophores ("antenna") attached to the lower rim via a short spacer are described. In the neutral lanthanide complexes of 10a,b photoexcitation of the antenna induces lanthanide emission via intramolecular energy transfer. Calix[4]arene 10b with a chrysene moiety as sensitizer shows strong lanthanide emission for Eu3+ with an excitation maximum at ^ = 363 nm.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)4229-4235
JournalThe journal of organic chemistry
Issue number62
Publication statusPublished - 1997


  • METIS-106005
  • IR-11123

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