Three aza-cages with the anthracene-containing photoactive groups L1, L2, and L3 have been synthesized. All compounds are able to selectively encapsulate a lithium ion and solid complexes have been isolated. The formation equilibria have been investigated by UV/Vis and 1H, 13C and 7Li NMR spectroscopic techniques. The fluorescence emission of both free ligands and lithium complexes have been investigated. Results indicate that the CHEF (chelation enhancement of the fluorescence) effect obtained by lithium coordination exits although lower than that occurring upon full protonation.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 1999|