Jean-Claude Bunzli - Lanthanide-containing luminescent molecular edifices

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  Bunzli,J.C.G. Journal of Alloys and Compounds  2006 408 934-944

  Abstract: The first part of this short review   focuses oil the insertion of luminescent lanthanide ions into   molecular compounds. The main requirements for the development of   highly luminescent chelates with potential applications in   biomedical analysis and time-resolved luminescent microscopy are   presented. We then describe the design of adequate macrocyclic   receptors with potential applications ill nuclear waste   management and in the design of liquid crystalline materials. In   the latter case, the luminescent properties of the lanthanide,   ions can be taken advantage of for the determination of the   transition temperature. Finally, we turn to self-assembly   processes, which allow a fine-tuning of the coordination sphere   and, consequently, of the electronic, and associated, properties   of the lanthanide ions. Heteropairs of lanthanide ions may be   specifically recognized, which leads to the design of   bifunctional (bicolour) probes. Moreover, the properties of one   metal ion call be controlled by the presence of the other metal   ion (either 4f or 3d) when both are inserted into polymetallic   edifices. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved

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