Special Issue "Luminescent Lanthanide Complexes"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2020).
Interests: lanthanide luminescence; multiplex detection; responsive lanthanide-based probes; lanthanide coordination chemistry and ligand design; organic synthesis; heterocyclic chemistry; tetrapyrroles
Luminescence spectroscopy is a sensitive technique that plays a key role in the investigation of biological processes. The overwhelming majority of commercially available fluorophores are based on organic structures, and a variety of strategies exist to attach such fluorophores to biomolecules, to target them to cellular structures, and to render them environmentally responsive. Lanthanide-based emitters have properties that render them exceptionally well-suited for detection in complex media, of which biological samples are an example. The reason for this is the essentially atomic emission spectra of the trivalent lanthanide ions, and their long emission lifetimes, in combination with time-gated techniques detection with very low background.
Terbium and europium complexes have long dominated the field because their emissive complexes can have high overall quantum yields and lifetimes in the millisecond range. Luminescent lanthanide emitters with excitations and/or emissions in the near infrared are increasingly important. Emitters based on ions in nonconventional oxidation states have appeared, and attention has also turned to the less-used ions. Multimodal probes that combine lanthanide-based luminophores with MRI or PET active units are much sought after. The unique lanthanide luminescence provides opportunities for development in areas to which traditional organic fluorophores are less-suited, such as multiplex detection. The challenges of emitter design have propelled developments in materials chemistry, physical, and physical organic chemistry and organic and inorganic synthesis.
The present Special Issue includes a selection of articles demonstrating several intriguing recent developments and the current standing of lanthanide luminescence, coordination chemistry, and biological applications.
Dr. Eszter Borbas
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- lanthanide luminescence
- near-infrared emitters
- multiphoton processes
- ligand design
- multiplex detection
- multimodal probes