Experimental and Theoretical Study of a Cadmium Coordination Polymer Based on Aminonicotinate with Second-Timescale Blue/Green Photoluminescent Emission

A new cadmium/6-aminonicotinate-based coordination polymer (CP) with an unprecedented multicolored and long-lasting emission is reported. This material shows a blue fluorescence which rapidly turns to green persistent phosphorescence with a lifetime of nearly 1 s. Time-dependent density functional theory calculations revealed that electronic transitions arising from both first excited singlet and triplet states involving ligand-centered and ligand-to-metal charge-transfer mechanisms are responsible for such behavior.