Enhanced photoemission of the complex Eu(III)/poly(4-vinyl pyridine)-pyridine photoproduct

Evgenia Vaganova, Renata Reisfeld*, Shlomo Yitzchaik

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

5 Scopus citations


Liquid pyridine and polymeric solutions of poly(4-vinyl pyridine)/pyridine/water doped with Europium exhibit a broad blue emission centered at 460 nm with low intensities emissions at 590 and 614 nm under excitation of 380 nm wavelength via a pyridine electronic state. Under excitation of 395 nm wavelength to the 5L6 state effective quenching of Eu(III) 5D0 emission in both cases was observed. The polymeric solution is a photosensitive material and becomes a gel under UV-irradiation. In a gel the longer-wavelength yellow-colored emission under excitation of 460-480 nm appears. The presence of Eu(III) significantly increases the intensity of this emission. The maximum of the peak position is blue shifted from 524 to 504 nm and its quantum efficiency is higher by a factor of five. We make a first effort to interpret the results.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)69-76
Number of pages8
JournalOptical Materials
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2003

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
E.V. gratefully thank the Israel Ministry of Absorption and Farkas Center for Light-Induced Processes for the financial support. The authors are grateful to Professor Janina Legendziewicz for most valuable discussion.


  • Eu(III)
  • Intermediates
  • Photochemical processes
  • Pyridine-based gel


Dive into the research topics of 'Enhanced photoemission of the complex Eu(III)/poly(4-vinyl pyridine)-pyridine photoproduct'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this