Special Issue "Redox-Active Ligand Complexes"

A special issue of Inorganics (ISSN 2304-6740). This special issue belongs to the section "Coordination Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Kazuyuki Takahashi
Guest Editor
Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Kobe University, 1-1 Rokkodai, Nada, Kobe, Hyogo 657-8501, Japan
Interests: functional molecular materials; molecular conductors; molecular magnets; molecular dielectrics; molecular optical materials; spin-crossover; valence tautomerism; thermo- and photochromism; photoluminescence; chrage-transfer; proton-transfer; phase transition; crystal engineering
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Prof. Dr. Martin T. Lemaire
Guest Editor
Department of Chemistry, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Interests: synthesis; redox-active ligands; stable radicals; molecule-based magnets; spin-crossover; high-spin molecules
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A redox-active ligand is an electron donor, acceptor, or radical molecule that can coordinate to a metal ion. Complexes containing redox-active ligands possess properties derived from the redox-active ligand component as well as the metal ion, and so they are expected to exhibit a wide variety of physical properties, such as conductivity, magnetism, and dielectric and optical properties in the condensed phase. The electron transfer between a redox-active ligand and metal center induces various intriguing dynamic phenomena, such as valence tautomerism, and other electron-transfer-induced magnetic and dielectric transitions. Moreover, the recent development of electrically conducting metal–organic frameworks opens the possibility of using redox-active ligand complexes for novel practical applications (such as sensory materials, for example). As such, redox-active ligand chemistry has attracted significant attention not only within coordination chemistry research but also in materials science. This Special Issue aims to collect research and review contributions focused on recent advances in fundamentals and applications of redox-active ligand complexes. We invite you to contribute your research or review articles concerning redox-active ligand complexes, which we expect will make a great impact on the future direction of redox-active ligand chemistry.

Prof. Dr. Kazuyuki Takahashi
Prof. Dr. Martin T. Lemaire
Guest Editors

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  • electron donor/acceptor ligands
  • radical ligands
  • metal coordination complexes
  • electrochemical properties
  • conducting properties
  • magnetic properties
  • dielectric properties
  • optical properties
  • electron/charge transfer
  • magnetic exchange
  • polarization
  • valence tautomerism
  • single molecule magnets
  • multifunctional materials

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Prototype Material for New Strategy of Photon Energy Storage
Inorganics 2020, 8(10), 53; https://doi.org/10.3390/inorganics8100053 - 25 Sep 2020
The smart utilization of photons is paid global attention from the viewpoint of renewable energy and information technology. However, it is still impossible to store photons as batteries and condensers do for electrons. All the present technologies utilize (the energy of) photons in [...] Read more.
The smart utilization of photons is paid global attention from the viewpoint of renewable energy and information technology. However, it is still impossible to store photons as batteries and condensers do for electrons. All the present technologies utilize (the energy of) photons in situ, such as solar panels, or in spontaneous relaxation processes, such as photoluminescence. If we can store the energy of photons over an arbitrary period and utilize them on demand, not only we will make an innovative progress in energy management, but we will also be able to replace a part of electrons by photons in the information technology for more efficient performance. In this article, we review a prototype of such a material including the current status of related research as well as where we are heading for. Full article
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