R Soc Open Sci. 2022 Aug 31;9(8):220525. doi: 10.1098/rsos.220525. eCollection 2022 Aug.
Two new metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) (Th/ Ce -TCPE) based on 1,2,4,5-tetrakis(4-carboxyphenyl)ethylene were obtained using a straightforward reaction under moderate conditions. Th and Ce formed the central units of this MOF in the mononuclear and in the unusual trinuclear cluster configurations, respectively. The resulting MOFs were analysed by fluorescence spectroscopy to understand their luminescence. The obtained data revealed that benzene’s electron cloud density and torsion angle on the ligand were affected by the acetic acid molecule and Th(IV), which caused Th-TCPE to irradiate stronger blue emission, but Ce-TCPE showed no fluorescence due to the self-quenching. Such a unique luminescence property could be used for fluorescence or radiopharmaceutical sensing.