Cryogenic Nanothermometer Based on the MIL-103(Tb,Eu) Metal-Organic Framework


The microporous metal-organic framework MIL-103 doped with Tb3+ and Eu3+, formulated as [(Tb0.95Eu0.05)(btb)(H2O)](solv)(x) [H(3)btb = 1,3,5-tris(4-carboxyphenyl)benzene; solv = H2O, CH3OH] has been shown to be a good platform for luminescent ratiometric thermometry. Although operative over a wide range of temperatures (10-320 K), this material exhibits, in the cryogenic range (<100 K), one of the best performances of metal-organic frameworks, with a relative thermal sensitivity of 2.85%K-1 at 14 K. The material exists in the form of nanoparticles, suitable for nanothermometry applications (e.g., microfluidics). Moreover, as MIL-103 is nanoporous, its use as a multisensing platform deserves further consideration in the near future.



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Ananias, D; Brites, CDS; Carlos, LD; Rocha, J

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This work was financed by national funds through the Portuguese Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia (FCT) [project CICECO Aveiro Institute of Materials, reference number FCT UID/CTM/50011/2013 and postdoctoral grants to C. D. S. B. (SFRH/BPD/89003/2012) and D. A. (SFRH/BPD/95032/2013)], the Portuguese Ministerio da Educacao e Ciencia (MEC), and when applicable co-financed by the Fundo Europeu de Desenvolvimento Regional (FEDER) under the PT2020 Partnership Agreement.

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