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Keywords:

  • lanthanides;
  • light harvesting;
  • metal-organic frameworks;
  • nanocolloids;
  • nanostructures
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Highly crystalline nanoparticles of metal–organic frameworks with efficient light-harvesting properties were prepared by coordination-directed assembly (see picture). Functionalization of the ligands with long alkyl chains effectively stabilizes the nanoparticles and increases crystallinity. Different metal ions and ligands are organized into single nanoparticles and both organic acceptors and lanthanide ions can be co-sensitized within the frameworks.