Editors’ collection: Shining a Light on the f-Block by Associate Editor Robert Baker

We are delighted to share with you our latest collection of recently published articles Shining a Light on the f-Block, handpicked by Associate Editor Dr. Robert Baker (Trinity College Dublin).

Whilst the chemistry of the f-block (Ln and An) elements are not as well investigated as the transition metals, fascinating results have been forthcoming in the last 10 years. These results have challenged our ideas on bonding and led to refinement of theories on bonding and magnetism to name but two.

In this collection, numerous facets of the interest, both fundamental and applied, in f-block chemistry are showcased. The photophysics and magnetism of the lanthanides are highlighted in numerous applications, including biochemistry whilst there is still room for the coordination and organometallic chemistry of the lanthanides to be extended and explored.

The chemistry of the actinides is generally more challenging both experimentally and from a safety and regulatory framework. Separation science has an important role here for treatment of legacy, current and future nuclear wastes, both experimentally and theoretically. Advances in state-of-the-art spectroscopy highlights what can be achieved for small concentrations of U, Pu and Cm. The chemical creativity on display in this selection shows that forays into the f-block can be both satisfying and rewarding.

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Featured articles:

Tb(iii)-doped nanosheets as a fluorescent probe for the detection of dipicolinic acid
Bing Wang, Jinfeng Xia, Guohong Zhou, Xin  Li, Mengting  Dai, Danyu Jiang, Qiang Li
RSC Adv., 2020,10, 37500-37506. DOI: 10.1039/C9RA09695G

All near-infrared multiparametric luminescence thermometry using Er3+, Yb3+-doped YAG nanoparticles
Jovana Perisa, Zoran Ristic, Wojciech Piotrowski, Zeljka Antic, Lukasz Marciniak, Miroslav D. Dramicanin
RSC Adv., 2021,11, 15933-15942. DOI: 10.1039/D1RA01647D

Functionalized natural cellulose fibres for the recovery of uranium from seawater
Adrian Tellería-Narvaez, Whitney Talavera-Ramos, Lucas Dos Santos, Jimena Arias, Alejandro Kinbauma and Vittorio Luca
RSC Adv.
, 2020,10, 6654-6657. DOI: 10.1039/D0RA00601G


Read the full collection here

Meet the Editor

Dr Bob Baker was born in 1975 in Blaenavon, South Wales. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Warwick and carried out his PhD studies under the supervision of Prof. P. G. Edwards at Cardiff University (1997-2001) on early transition metal triphosphamacrocycles. He then worked as a postdoctoral research fellow with Prof. Cameron Jones (2001-2005), working on low oxidation state group 13 compounds. He was then awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship held at the Technische Universität Braunschweig, working with Prof. Dr. Matthias Tamm on substituted cyclohepatrienyl early transition metal complexes. From 2006-2008 he was a Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry at Nottingham Trent University, before moving to Trinity College in January 2009. His research interests are in fundamental and applied actinide chemistry and the development of new transition metal complexes for catalysis


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