Journal of Chemical Crystallography

, Volume 49, Issue 1, pp 21–28 | Cite as

Assembly of a New 2D Heterometallic 3d–4f Coordination Polymer Bearing Planar Tetranuclear Square Building Blocks

  • Gui Chen
  • Hai-Hang Lan
  • Si-Yuan Cheng
  • Wei-Qing Chen
  • Song-Liang CaiEmail author
  • Sheng-Run ZhengEmail author
  • Wei-Guang Zhang
Original Paper


A new two-dimensional (2D) 3d–4f heterometallic coordination polymer, which is {[Tb2Zn4(µ3-TFMIDC)4(µ4-HTFMIDC)(H2O)8]·2H2O}n, has been successfully synthesized by the solvothermal reaction of 2-(trifluoromethyl)-1H-4,5-imidazole dicarboxylic acid (H3TFMIDC) with Zn(II) and Tb(III) ions. The title compound was structurally characterized by diverse characterization techniques including single-crystal X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis. Single-crystal structure analysis reveals that the as-preprared compound is a 2D heterometallic 3d–4f coordination network based on interesting planar tetranuclear squares [Zn4(TFMIDC)4] as building blocks, representing the first example of novel heterometallic coordination polymer based on the H3TFMIDC ligand. In addition, the title compound exhibits very intense green luminescence and characteristic transitions of the Tb(III) ion when excited at 291 nm. Lattice parameters for the title compound: a = 11.1449(12) Å, b = 12.8498(13) Å, c = 37.553(4) Å, α = β = γ = 90°, V = 5378.0(10) Å3, Z = 4.

Graphical Abstract

A unique 2D 3d–4f heterometallic coordination polymer containing interesting planar tetranuclear square building blocks has been constructed by the solvothermal reaction of 2-(trifluoromethyl)-1H-4,5-imidazole dicarboxylic acid (H3TFMIDC) with Zn(II) and Tb(III) ions.


Heterometallic coordination polymer Imidazole-based dicarboxylate ligand Planar tetranuclear square Crystal structure 



This work was supported the National Natural Science Foundation of P. R. China (Grant Nos. 21603076, 21571070 and 21473062), the Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong Province (Grant No. 2016A030310437), and the Undergraduates’ Innovating Experimentation Project of SCNU and Guangdong Province (Grant No. 20181462).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Chemistry and EnvironmentSouth China Normal UniversityGuangzhouPeople’s Republic of China

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