Special Issue "Synthesis, Characterization and Applications of Metal Complexes"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Tadeusz M. Muzioł
Guest Editor
Faculty of Chemistry, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Torun, Poland
Interests: metal complexes; XRD; magnetic properties; spectroscopic methods; XAS; oxalate complexes; structural conversion; protein studies
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Dr. Iwona B. Szymańska
Guest Editor
Faculty of Chemistry, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Torun, Poland
Interests: new coordination and metalorganic compounds of copper, silver, palladium and rhenium; carboxylates; nanomaterials precursors (CVD, FEBID, spin-coating, dip-coating); studies of gas phase reactions (EIMS, VTIR); interactions with high- and low energy electrons

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Since Werner’s famous complexes at the end of the nineteenth century, plenty of coordination compounds have been prepared and characterized. The term “metal complex” describes a variety of coordination compounds. It concerns very simple mononuclear species, as well as topologically complex polynuclear clusters. Despite many years of research, the interest in metal compounds has not ceased. Nowadays, metal organic frameworks (MOF) are considered to be not only porous materials but also containers for selective binding and tuned exchange (e.g., important in controlled drug delivery) and modified reactivity of bound guest molecules or ions. Many metal complexes are synthesized due to their optical properties (e.g., luminescent, non-linear optics (NLO) materials). Coordination and organometallic compounds are used as precursors to nanomaterials. Deposits can be obtained from the gas phase (CVD, ALD, FEBID) or using “wet” methods, such as spin- or dip-coating. The metal complexes can be considered to be catalysts in many processes (e.g., cobalt phthalocyanine in an electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide). Obviously, there are many more metal compound classes characterized by different structural motifs and properties.

We encourage you to share your knowledge in the very broad field of metal complexes, revealing multiple properties and structures. The purpose of this Special Issue is to present the results of the latest research on synthesis methods, characterization techniques, and applications of metal complexes. Hence, potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Synthesis methods;
  • Spectroscopic methods (e.g., IR, NMR, Raman, UV–Vis, CD, those using synchrotron radiation);
  • Structural determination using different diffraction techniques;
  • Characterization of different properties of metal complexes—magnetic, luminescence, porosity, conductivity, chirality, catalytic activity;
  • Application of theoretical methods for the determination of structures and properties of metal complexes;
  • A variety of applications of metal complexes.

Dr. Tadeusz M. Muzioł
Dr. Iwona B. Szymańska
Guest Editors

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  • Coordination compounds
  • Synthesis strategies
  • Spectroscopic methods
  • Diffraction techniques
  • Porosity
  • Conductivity
  • Magnetic properties
  • Optical properties (e.g., luminescence, non-linear optics (NLO) materials)
  • Applications of metal complexes
  • Nanomaterials precursors (CVD, ALD, FEBID, spin- and dip-coating)

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