Luminescent graphene-based materials via europium complexation on dipyridylpyridazine-functionalized graphene sheets
Kaczmarek, Anna M.
Van der Voort, Pascal
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Graphene-based materials exhibit outstanding physical properties and so are potentially applicable in a great variety of fields. Unlike their corresponding oxides, graphite and graphene are not prone to functionalization. Diels-Alder reactions are among the scarce reactions that they can undergo without disrupting their conjugated sp2 systems. Herein, the reaction between graphite and 3,6-di(2-pyridyl)-1,2,4,5-tetrazine under different conditions affords several graphene-based materials consisting of dipyridylpyridazine functionalized few layer graphene, multilayer graphene and graphite whose sheets act as ligands for the grafting of a europium complex. These three materials show strong red emission under 365 nm UV radiation. Their emitting particles can be visualized by confocal microscopy. The rich coordination chemistry of dipyridylpyridazine ligands envisages novel properties for similarly functionalized graphene-based materials grafted with other metal complexes.