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Lanthanides: Supramolecular Chemistry

  1. Jonathan A. Kitchen,
  2. Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson

Published Online: 17 DEC 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119951438.eibc2048

Encyclopedia of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry

Encyclopedia of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry

How to Cite

Kitchen, J. A. and Gunnlaugsson, T. 2012. Lanthanides: Supramolecular Chemistry. Encyclopedia of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry. .

Author Information

  1. University of Dublin, School of Chemistry, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 DEC 2012

Abstract

In this chapter, some of the most recent examples of the use of lanthanide ions in the formation of functional supramolecular complexes and self-assemblies are detailed. The examples focus mainly on the use of the lanthanides to direct the synthesis of complex structures published within the last few years, in the form of mononuclear or polynuclear complexes, where the physical properties of the lanthanides, such as their luminescent and magnetic properties, have been exploited to form functional supramolecular assemblies, e.g., luminescent-based sensors or single molecule magnets (SMMs). The use of the lanthanides to direct the formation of complex self-assembly architectures is an area of research that is rapidly growing in the field of lanthanide-based supramolecular chemistry, where the coordination requirements of the lanthanides when coupled with ligand design can give rise to the formation of highly novel and structurally complex species.

Keywords:

  • lanthanides;
  • supramolecular;
  • mononuclear;
  • polynuclear;
  • LnIII;
  • ligand design