Quinoline Schiff bases display potential applications in optoelectronics and laser fields because of their unique optical properties that arise from extensive delocalization of the electron cloud, and a high order of non-linearity. In this context, a new class of conjugated quinoline-derivative viz. N-(quinolin-3-ylmethylene)anilines were synthesized from 2-hydroxyquinoline-3-carbaldehyde in two good yielding steps. The ability of these imines to accept an electron from a donor is denoted by their electron acceptor number and sites, which is calculated using density functional theory (DFT). The optical properties such as FT-IR, Raman, UV-VIS, and EDS spectra were calculated using TD-DFT, which also provided the energy gap, HOMO-LUMO structure. The optical properties of the synthesized imino quinolines were experimentally studied using photoluminescence and absorption spectroscopy. The properties such as Stokes shift and quantum yield were calculated using experimental data. Furthermore, the compound bearing a methyl group on the aryl ring and ZnO nanoparticles (hydrothermally synthesized) were dissolved in toluene, and optically excited with a 355 nm nanosecond laser, which produced a random laser.
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