Special Issue "Practical Applications of Metal Complexes"


A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Diversity".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 June 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Iztok Turel
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Askerceva 5, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
E-Mail: iztok.turel@fkkt.uni-lj.si
Phone: +386 1 2419124
Fax: +386 1 2419220
Interests: bioinorganic chemistry; metal ions; biologically active compounds; quinolones; guanine derivatives; ruthenium chemistry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A hundred years ago (in 1913), Alfred Werner was awarded by the Nobel Prize in Chemistry ‘‘in recognition of his work on the linkage of atoms in molecules by which he has thrown new light on earlier investigations and opened up new fields of research especially in inorganic chemistry”. His pioneering work was of great importance for the development of coordination chemistry. The progress of this new field has helped to blur the traditional borders between inorganic and organic chemistry through the isolation of numerous compounds consisting of metal ions and organic ligands.

Coordination compounds exert many interesting properties, which find diverse applications in many aspects of human life.

A huge number of metal complexes are used as catalysts in a variety of organic reactions (e.g., polymerizations, hydrogenations, additions, cross-coupling reactions, etc.). The use of metal complexes was also particularly important in asymmetric synthesis. Interestingly, it was also reported that some complexes with high specificity for stereoselective control of organic syntheses also exert biological activity.

Several metal complexes are in clinical use (cisplatin being the most successful example) for the treatment of various diseases, and many are currently being tested in clinical or preclinical studies. The ligands used in potential metal-based drugs may range from artificial organic molecules to natural products. The bonding of metals to ligands frequently results in synergistic activity. It is well-known that metal ions are often crucial for the activity of drugs, and are involved in their mechanisms of activity. Such interactions may be electrostatic, but the formation of coordination bonds “in situ” is also possible. Metal complexes are not only important as potential drugs; they can also be used for analytical and diagnostic purposes in biological systems and elsewhere. Their interesting optical, magnetic, radioactive, and other properties enable their use in many non-invasive and quick methods: e.g., optical imaging, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and positron emission tomography (PET).

It is impossible to succinctly describe all applications of metal complexes (a few more suggestions are listed in the keywords); the special issue invites submissions in any area relating to the use of coordination compounds, their syntheses, and their characterizations.

Dr. Iztok Turel
Guest Editor


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  • Metal Complexes
  • catalysts
  • Photophysical properties
  • optical applications
  • dyes and pigments
  • solar cells
  • natural products as ligands
  • macrocycles as ligands
  • metal based drugs
  • metal drug interactions
  • MRI contrast agents
  • radiopharmaceuticals
  • photodynamic therapy
  • magnetic properties
  • precursors for semiconductor films and nanoparticles

Published Papers (6 papers)

Molecules 2014, 19(8), 10755-10802; doi:10.3390/molecules190810755
Received: 7 June 2014; in revised form: 9 July 2014 / Accepted: 11 July 2014 / Published: 24 July 2014
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Molecules 2014, 19(7), 10350-10369; doi:10.3390/molecules190710350
Received: 12 June 2014; in revised form: 3 July 2014 / Accepted: 7 July 2014 / Published: 17 July 2014
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Molecules 2014, 19(7), 9975-9985; doi:10.3390/molecules19079975
Received: 21 March 2014; in revised form: 3 July 2014 / Accepted: 4 July 2014 / Published: 9 July 2014
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Molecules 2014, 19(7), 9339-9353; doi:10.3390/molecules19079339
Received: 26 March 2014; in revised form: 23 June 2014 / Accepted: 25 June 2014 / Published: 3 July 2014
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Molecules 2014, 19(6), 8080-8092; doi:10.3390/molecules19068080
Received: 20 May 2014; in revised form: 10 June 2014 / Accepted: 10 June 2014 / Published: 16 June 2014
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Molecules 2014, 19(5), 6031-6046; doi:10.3390/molecules19056031
Received: 23 April 2014; in revised form: 6 May 2014 / Accepted: 7 May 2014 / Published: 12 May 2014
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Last update: 18 July 2014

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