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Uranyl Ion Complexes of Polycarboxylates: Steps towards Isolated Photoactive Cavities

Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires, Université de Strasbourg, 8 allée Gaspard Monge, 67083 Strasbourg, France
Université Paris-Saclay, CEA, CNRS, NIMBE, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette, France
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Chemistry 2020, 2(1), 63-79;
Received: 29 January 2020 / Revised: 16 February 2020 / Accepted: 18 February 2020 / Published: 20 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Supramolecular Chemistry in the 3rd Millennium)
Consideration of the extensive family of known uranyl ion complexes of polycarboxylate ligands shows that there are quite numerous examples of crystalline solids containing capsular, closed oligomeric species with the potential for use as selective heterogeneous photo-oxidation catalysts. None of them have yet been assessed for this purpose, and some have obvious deficiencies, although related framework species have been shown to have the necessary luminescence, porosity and, to some degree, selectivity. Aspects of ligand design and complex composition necessary for the synthesis of uranyl ion cages with appropriate luminescence and chemical properties for use in selective photo-oxidation catalysis have been analysed in relation to the characteristics of known capsules. View Full-Text
Keywords: uranium(VI); carboxylates; capsules; structure; luminescence uranium(VI); carboxylates; capsules; structure; luminescence
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Harrowfield, J.; Thuéry, P. Uranyl Ion Complexes of Polycarboxylates: Steps towards Isolated Photoactive Cavities. Chemistry 2020, 2, 63-79.

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