Polymer, Vol.113, 274-282, 2017
Near-infrared luminescent erbium complexes with 8-hydroxyquinoline-terminated hyperbranched polyester
Novel 8-hydroxyquinoline-terminated hyperbranched polyesters (1-HBPQ and 2-HBPQ) were synthesized and characterized by H-1-NMR and UV-Vis analyses. Then, two erbium complexes (1-HBPQ-Er3+-HQ and 2-HBPQ-Er3+-HQ) were prepared by using 1-HBPQ or 2-HBPQ as the macromolecular ligand and 8-hydroxyquinoline (HQ) as a second ligand. The FTIR spectra and UV-Vis absorption spectra confirmed that both the macromolecular ligand and the second ligand were successfully coordinated with Er3+ ions. The erbium complexes emitted intense near-infrared luminescence at about 1530 nm, which corresponds to the I-4(13/2)-I-4(15/2) transition of Er3+ ions. Moreover, their full width at half maximum (FWHM) values were greater than 80 nm. The erbium complexes exhibited good solubility in conventional solvents and excellent near-infrared luminescence properties, indicating their promising potential as gain medium materials in optical amplification devices. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.