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Current Inorganic Chemistry (Discontinued)


ISSN (Print): 1877-9441
ISSN (Online): 1877-945X

Cyclen-Based Lanthanide Complexes as Luminescent Anion Receptors

Author(s): Luis M. P. Lima and Raphael Tripier

Volume 1, Issue 1, 2011

Page: [36 - 60] Pages: 25

DOI: 10.2174/1877944111101010036


This review highlights the research carried out during the last decade or so in the field of anion coordination using cyclen-based lanthanide complexes as luminescent receptors (cyclen = 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane). Herein, the fundamental concepts explaining the particularly good affinity between cyclen derivatives and lanthanides and the way to sense the interaction with anionic substrates are firstly discussed. This is followed by a selection of examples from the recent literature describing these cationic receptors as powerful optical sensors of environmental, biological and pharmaceutical relevance.

Keywords: Lanthanides, cyclen, anions, complexation, detection, luminescence, sensors, thiocyanate, polycarboxylates, metalloreceptors

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