Syntheses, crystal structures, and luminescent properties of three novel zinc coordination polymers with tetrazolyl ligands

Xi Sen Wang, Yun Zhi Tang, Xue Feng Huang, Zhi Rong Qu, Chi Ming Che, Philip Wai Hong Chan, Ren Gen Xiong

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

275 Citations (Scopus)


The syntheses and luminescent properties of three novel zinc coordination polymers containing tetrazolyl ligands are described. In situ [2+3] cycloaddition reactions of acetonitrile or p-tolylnitrile with sodium azide in the presence of Zn(ClO4)2 as a Lewis acid (Demko-Sharpless tetrazole synthesis method) under hydrothermal (solvothermal) reaction conditions gave [Zn(CH3CN4)2] 3(H2O) (1) and [Zn(4-MPTZ)2] (3) [4-MPTZ = 5-(4-methylphenyl)tetrazole], respectively. On the other hand, [Zn(HCN 4)2] (2) was obtained by directly reacting tetrazole with Zn(OAc)2 under hydrothermal reaction conditions. The structure of 1 shows a super-diamond-like topological network with a diamond subunit as a connecting node. For 2, a diamond-like topological network is also found, but it is 2-fold interpenetrated. The structure of 3 reveals a 2D layered network with a hexagonal net, with the adjacent layers in the network stacked in an ABAB sequence. Photoluminescence studies revealed coordination polymers 1, 2, and 3 exhibit strong blue fluorescent emissions at λmax = 396, 418, and 397 nm, respectively, in the solid state at room temperature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5278-5285
Number of pages8
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jul 2005
Externally publishedYes

Cite this