The luminescence of lanthanide ions makes them interesting for a wide variety of applications and several researchers try to optimize this property. In this paper we give a brief overview of the luminescence process and of the techniques utilized to characterize the photophysical properties. Several recent examples of luminescent complexes with small molecule sensitizers will also be discussed.
Keywords: Quenching, Luminescence Spectroscopy, terpyridine-based ligands, Macrocyclic Ligands, Phenanthroline-Based Ligands
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