Transition Metal Chemistry

, Volume 45, Issue 1, pp 19–29 | Cite as

Two silver(I) complexes based on dicarboxylate and flexible bis(benzimidazole) ligands: synthesis, crystal structures, sensing and photocatalytic properties

  • Hui Zhu
  • Dong Liu
  • Yue-Hua Li
  • Guang-Hua CuiEmail author


Two Ag(I) complexes, namely [Ag2(L1)2(HMIP)2·H2O]n (1) and [Ag2(L2)2(HPA)2]n (2) (L1 = 1,6-bis(2-methylbenzimidazol-1-yl)hexane, L2 = 1,6-bis(benzimidazol-1-yl)hexane, H2MIP = 5-methylisophthalic acid, H2PA = phthalic acid), were hydrothermally synthesized and characterized by physicochemical and spectroscopic methods. 1 Processes a binuclear Ag(I) structure which is further extended into a 2D supramolecular network by hydrogen bonds and ππ stacking interactions. 2 Features a 1D meandering chain which is linked into a 3D supramolecular network by Ag···O and ππ stacking interactions. Complex 1  is shown to be a highly sensitive material for luminescence detecting Fe3+ in aqueous solution. These complexes display high photocatalytic activities for degradation of methylene blue under UV irradiation.



The project was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (51474086) and Natural Science Foundation–Steel and Iron Foundation of Hebei Province (B2015209299).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Chemical Engineering, Hebei Key Laboratory for Environment Photocatalytic and Electrocatalytic MaterialsNorth China University of Science and TechnologyTangshanPeople’s Republic of China

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