Stacking Lanthanide-MOF Thin Films to Yield Highly Sensitive Optical Thermometers

  • chair:

    Chen, D. H. / Haldar, R. / Wöll, C. (2023)

  • place:

    ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2023, 15, 15, 19665–19671,

  • Date: März 2023
  • Abstract

    Easy-to-integrate, remote read-out thermometers with fast response are of huge interest in numerous application fields. In the context of optical read-out devices, sensors based on the emission of lanthanides (Eu(III), Tb(III)) are particularly promising. Here, by using a layer-by-layer (LbL) approach in the liquid-phase epitaxy process, a series of continuous, low-thickness lanthanide-MIL-103 SURMOFs were fabricated to yield highly sensitive thermometers with optical readout. These Ln-SURMOFs exhibit remarkable temperature-sensing photoluminescence behavior, which can be read out using the naked eye. High transmittance is realized as well by precisely controlling the film thickness and the quality of these Ln-SURMOF thermometers. Moreover, we demonstrate that the thermal sensitivity can be improved in the temperature regime above 120 K, by controlling the energy transfer between Tb(III) and Eu(III). This performance is achieved by employing a sophisticated supramolecular architecture, namely MOF-on-MOF heteroepitaxy.