Down shifting in poly(vinyl alcohol) gels doped with terbium complex

J Colloid Interface Sci. 2016 Sep 1;477:34-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jcis.2016.05.032. Epub 2016 May 18.

Abstract

Novel poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) based soft gels with luminescent properties are detailed in this contribution. Lanthanide complex of terbium ions with anthranilic acid, Tb(ant)3·2H2O, was synthesized and incorporated into a DMSO/water solution, followed by addition of PVA, to attain soft gels at room temperature. Morphological and thermal analyses revealed homogeneous distribution of Tb(ant)3·2H2O into the PVOH/DMSO/water gel, and that incorporation of the terbium complex does not alter the thermal properties of the gels. The gels are transparent and luminescent, as they exhibit Large Stokes shift down shifting (LSS DS) up to 400nm, with very high emission quantum yield, that was found to be function of Tb complex concentration.

Keywords: Down-shifting; Poly(vinyl alcohol); Quantum yield; RE complex; Terbium.