Inorganica Chimica Acta Volume 455, Part 1, 30 January 2017, Pages 9–14

Dmitrii S. Bolotin, Mikhail V. Il’in, Ilya E. Kolesnikov, Vitaliy V. Suslonov, Yuri Novozhilov, Oksana Ronzhina, Mikhail Krasavin, Vadim P. Boyarskiy, Renier Koen, Andreas Roodt

Fluorescent (pyrazolyl acetoxime)ZnII complexes: synthetic, structural, and photophysical studies

Inorganica Chimica Acta Volume 455, Part 1, 30 January 2017, Pages 9–14

DOI: 10.1016/j.ica.2016.10.008


Treatment of pyrazolyl acetoximes p-RC6H4{CN(H)NCCH}CH2C(Me)=NOH (R = OMe, H, F, Cl, CN, NO2) with 1 equiv of ZnCl2 leads to the complexes [ZnCl2(p-RC6H4{CN(H)NCCH}CH2C(Me)=NOH)] (81–91%). These species exhibit fluorescence at room temperature with emission maxima in the region 460–509 nm and biexponential relaxation with τ1 = 4.63–8.64 ns and τ2 = 0.482–0.955 ns, respectively. The zinc complexes were characterized by elemental analyses (C, H, N), HRESI-MS, FTIR, 1H and 13C{1H} NMR, and CP-MAS TOSS 13C{1H} NMR. In addition, two zinc complexes and one pyrazolyl acetoxime were studied by single-crystal X-ray diffraction.


Dalton Transactions Issue 8, Pages 2516-2523

J.R. Shakirova, E.V. Grachova, V.V. Sizov, G.L. Starova, I.O. Koshevoy, A.S. Melnikov, M.C. Gimeno, A. Laguna, and S.P. Tunik

Polynuclear cage-like Au(I) phosphane complexes based on S2− template: observation of multiple luminescence in coordinated polyaromatic systems

Dalton Transactions Issue 8, Pages 2516-2523

DOI: 10.1039/C6DT04126D


A rational approach to the synthesis of cage-like compounds has been realized to build a new family of sulfido-phosphane Au(I) polynuclear complexes. Ditopic phosphane ligands with an extended aromatic system were used to obtain cage compounds with a clearly determined geometry. Au(I) complexes have been fully characterised in solution using spectroscopy methods, and DFT optimisation of the molecular structure gives additional arguments in favour of the suggested structural patterns. All complexes obtained are luminescent in solution and in the solid state, and display multiple emissions with an unusual combination of two phosphorescence bands and one fluorescence band. DFT calculations show that multiple emissions were mainly determined by 1IL and metal perturbed 3IL transitions. The ratio of singlet and triplet emission components depends on the distance between the ligand chromophoric centre and Au(I).


Optical and Quantum Electronics Volume 49, No.1, January 2017, Article 40, Pages 1-9

E. I. Ageev, D. V. Potorochin, D. V. Sachenko, G. V. Odintsova

Generation of web-like structures and nanoparticles by femtosecond laser ablation of silicon target in ambient air

Optical and Quantum Electronics Volume 49, No.1, January 2017, Article 40, Pages 1-9

DOI: 10.1007/s11082-016-0875-5


Silicon nanoparticles were produced by femtosecond laser ablation in ambient air. Obtained samples were studied using dark-field optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and Raman-scattering spectroscopy. Two groups of structures can be found: (1) branched amorphous structures with a minimum element size of about 10 nm and incorporations of nanocrystals (0.6–6.6 nm from Raman scattering analysis); (2) larger crystal particles with smooth surface and a typical size of 50–200 nm that provide directional visible light scattering (at dark-field optical microscopy observations). An influence of environment on resulting phase composition of silicon nanoparticles was investigated by numerical evaluation of nanoparticle’s cooling rate. The calculation shows that cooling in ambient air ensures cooling rate sufficient for crystallization.


Semiconductors Volume 51, No. 1, January 2017, Pages 111–115

D. A. Kudryashov, A. S. Gudovskikh, A. V. Babichev, A. V. Filimonov, A. M. Mozharov, V. F. Agekyan, E. V. Borisov, A. Yu. Serov, and N. G. Filosofov

Nanoscale Cu2O Films: Radio-Frequency Magnetron Sputtering and Structural and Optical Studies

Semiconductors Volume 51, No. 1, January 2017, Pages 111–115

DOI: 10.1134/S1063782617010110


Nanoscale copper (I) oxide layers are formed by magnetron-assisted sputtering onto glassy and silicon substrates in an oxygen-free environment at room temperature, and the structural and optical properties of the layers are studied. It is shown that copper oxide formed on a silicon substrate exhibits a lower degree of disorder than that formed on a glassy substrate, which is supported by the observation of a higher intensity and a smaller half-width of reflections in the diffraction pattern. The highest intensity of reflections in the diffraction pattern is observed for Cu2O films grown on silicon at a magnetron power of 150 W. The absorption and transmittance spectra of these Cu2O films are in agreement with the well-known spectra of bulk crystals. In the Raman spectra of the films, phonons inherent in the crystal lattice of cubic Cu2O crystals are identified.


Nanotechnology Volume 28, No. 6, January 2017

S. Schlicht, A. Kireev, E. Grachova, S. Tunik, A. Manshina, J. Bachmann

A model electrode of well-defined geometry prepared by direct laser-induced decoration of nanoporous templates with Au–Ag@C nanoparticles

Nanotechnology Volume 28, No. 6, January 2017

DOI: 10.1088/1361-6528/aa536a


We present an original type of model electrode system consisting of bimetallic Au–Ag nanoparticles embedded in an amorphous carbon matrix with an extremely well-defined geometry of parallel, straight, cylindrical macropores. The samples are prepared in one step by direct laser deposition of the metal/carbon composite onto the inner walls of a porous ‘anodic’ alumina matrix serving as a template. The coating is homogeneous from top to bottom of the pores, and the amount of material deposited can be tuned by the duration of the deposition procedure. As a test system, we demonstrate that a bimetallic Ag–Au@C system is catalytically active for the electrochemical oxidation of glucose in alkaline solution, the anodic reaction of a direct glucose fuel cell. Furthermore, the electrocatalytic current density increases with the amount of Ag–Au@C NPs deposited, up to a point at which the pores are clogged with it. This type of model system allows for the systematic study of geometric effects in fuel cell electrodes. It can be generalized to a number of different nanoparticle compositions, and thereby, to various electrocatalytic reactions.