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Title: Near-Infrared Emitting Heterobimetallic Zn-4f Schiff Base Complexes with Visible Excitation Wavelength: Near-Infrared Emitting Heterobimetallic Zn-4f Schiff Base Complexes with Visible Excitation Wavelength
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Journal Name:
European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
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p. 75-78
1434-1948; EJIC
Wiley Blackwell (John Wiley & Sons)
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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