HOT Article: Towards new lanthanide architectures

In this HOT article, Faulkner and co-workers describe the self-assembly between di-carboxylate ions and a binuclear europium compound and some stable adducts and heterometallic lanthanide complexes. The synthetic approach may shed light on the design and synthesis of other new lanthanide architectures by spatial matching the interactions between two kinetically stable complexes or by well designed building blocks.

This article is part of a forthcoming themed issue on self assembly in inorganic chemistry, with Guest Editors Paul Kruger (University of Canterbury) and Thorri Gunnlaugsson (Trinity College Dublin).

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Self-assembly between dicarboxylate ions and a binuclear europium complex: formation of stable adducts and heterometallic lanthanide complexes
James A. Tilney, Thomas Just Sørensen, Benjamin P. Burton-Pye and Stephen Faulkner
Dalton Trans., 2011, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C1DT11103E

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2 Responses to “HOT Article: Towards new lanthanide architectures”

  1. Thomas Just Sørensen says:

    This is our first expedition into self-assembled structures based on lanthanide-ligand interactions. We have skirted the area previously due to the complex speciation that is possible when you base your work on metal complexes with a minimum of four conformers each. The reason why we did become ensnared by the self-assembly approach is 1) the inherent sensor action in the binding of an eight ligand to a seven coordinate lanthanide complex, where water-with luminescence quenching O-H oscillator-is displaced and an increase in luminescence is observed. And 2) the vast scope and size of the architectures that can be generated via self-assembly.
    The challenge we currently are working on is to find a binding regime where we have as simple a speciation as possible–ideally only one species in solution–and to synthesise the complexes and ligands capable of forming larger structures.

  2. […] Also in the issue is the HOT communication from Stephen Faulkner and co-workers.  You can read Helen’s previous blog post on this article here. […]

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