Photoluminescent Materials

The research on the synthesis of semiconducting nanostructures and fluorescent coordination compounds is an area at the forefront of nanotechnology. Fluorescent materials have attracted a vast amount of attention due to their applications in labeling of biomolecules1 and in the modern electronics. In this part of our research we are focused on the synthesis and characterization of not only ZnO nanostructures but also on organometallic complexes of 8‑hydroxyquinoline (Hq) and its derivatives. For the preparation of the latter fluorescent complexes exploit several synthetic strategies and we expect to isolate novel complexes with unique and enhanced properties in comparison to parent compounds which were widely studied (i.e., Alq3 and Znq2).