Controlled spatial distribution of tris(2,2′-bipyridine)ruthenium cation ([Ru(bpy)3]2+) in aluminum containing mesoporous silicas

Minoru Sohmiya, Makoto Ogawa*

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    The adsorption of tris(2,2′-bipyridine)ruthenium(II) ([Ru(bpy) 3]2+) onto aluminum containing mesoporous silicas (BJH pore size of 2.2 and 3.0 nm and Si/Al ratio of ca. 26) was conducted and the photoluminescence of the products was examined as a function of the loaded [Ru(bpy)3]2+ amounts. The loading amount of the complex was controlled below ca. 0.1 mol L-1 based on the pore volume by changing the initial concentration of the [Ru(bpy)3]2+ ethanol solutions used for the adsorption, resulted from the strong host-guest interactions as evidenced by the H type adsorption isotherm. The concentration dependence of the luminescence intensity was discussed to show the self-quenching process of the complex in the mesopore. The Quasi Stern-Volmer plots showed a linear relationship, suggesting that the spatial distribution of [Ru(bpy)3]2+ was successfully varied in the mesopore by the loading amount of [Ru(bpy)3]2+, even at the high concentration of the complex in the mesopore (ca. 0.1 mol L-1 based on the pore volume). The difference of the self-quenching efficiencies (coefficients of self-quenching, Ksv values) of [Ru(bpy) 3]2+ adsorbed on aluminum containing mesoporous silicas from that on the mesoporous silica modified with phenethylsulfonic group [M. Sohmiya, Y. Sugahara, M. Ogawa, J. Phys. Chem. B 111 (2007) 8836-8841] suggests that the pore size and the interactions between [Ru(bpy)3] 2+ and the pore surface affects the efficiency; the larger pore size and the weaker interactions between [Ru(bpy)3]2+ and the pore surface results in the higher self-quenching efficiency.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)363-370
    Number of pages8
    JournalMicroporous and Mesoporous Materials
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jun


    • Luminescence
    • MCM-41
    • Mesoporous silica
    • Photochemistry
    • Tris(2,2-bipyridine)ruthenium(II)

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Materials Science(all)
    • Mechanics of Materials
    • Chemistry(all)
    • Condensed Matter Physics


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