A 3D luminescent Zn(II) MOF for the detection of high explosives and the degradation of organic dyes: an experimental and computational study

Jun-Cheng Jin, Jian Wu, Yong-Xiang He, Bao-Hong Li, Jianqiang Liu, Rajendra Prasad, Abhinav Kumar, Stuart Batten

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A new metal–organic framework, formulated as {[Zn2IJL)IJDMF)3]·2DMF·2H2O} (1), has been synthesized using a symmetrical rigid carboxylate ligand terphenyl-3,3″,5,5″-tetracarboxylic acid (H4L). Single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis shows that 1 possesses a 3D uninodal 4-c lonsdaleite (lon) topology based on binuclear Zn clusters. 1 behaves as a fluorescent chemosensor for highly selective and sensitive detection of Fe3+/Fe2+ ions, 2,4-dinitrophenol (2,4-DNP), p-nitrophenol (PNP) and 2,4,6-trinitrophenol (TNP). Furthermore, the photocatalytic properties of 1 for degradation of methyl violet (MV) and Rhodamine B (RhB) have been explored. The possible emission quenching of 1 in the presence of aromatic compounds has been addressed by theoretical calculations and the photocatalytic activity of 1 against organic dyes has been addressed using density of states (DOS) calculations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6464-6472
Number of pages9
Issue number43
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • luminescent metal-organic
  • Luminescence
  • Rare earth elements

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