The Marriage of Terpyridines and Inorganic Nanoparticles: Synthetic Aspects, Characterization Techniques, and Potential Applications

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  • Andreas Winter,

    1. Laboratory of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry (IOMC), Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Humboldtstr. 10, 07743 Jena, Germany
    2. Jena Center for Soft Matter (JCSM), Humboldtstr. 10, 07743 Jena, Germany
    3. Dutch Polymer Institute (DPI), P.O. Box 902, 5600 AX Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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  • Martin D. Hager,

    1. Laboratory of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry (IOMC), Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Humboldtstr. 10, 07743 Jena, Germany
    2. Jena Center for Soft Matter (JCSM), Humboldtstr. 10, 07743 Jena, Germany
    3. Dutch Polymer Institute (DPI), P.O. Box 902, 5600 AX Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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  • George R. Newkome,

    Corresponding author
    1. Departments of Polymer Science and Chemistry & The Maurice Morton, Institute of Polymer Science, The University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-4717, USA
    • Departments of Polymer Science and Chemistry & The Maurice Morton, Institute of Polymer Science, The University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-4717, USA.
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  • Ulrich S. Schubert

    Corresponding author
    1. Laboratory of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry (IOMC), Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Humboldtstr. 10, 07743 Jena, Germany
    2. Jena Center for Soft Matter (JCSM), Humboldtstr. 10, 07743 Jena, Germany
    3. Dutch Polymer Institute (DPI), P.O. Box 902, 5600 AX Eindhoven, The Netherlands
    • Laboratory of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry (IOMC), Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Humboldtstr. 10, 07743 Jena, Germany
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Abstract

The utilization of supramolecular chemistry, i.e., metal-to-ligand coordination, in the field of nanotechnology is evaluated with respect to 2,2′:6′,2″-terpyridine, as tridentate metal binding site. Stabilization as well as directed self-assembly of nanometer-sized materials into ordered arrays are the most widely studied targets of current research. Moreover, energy- and/or electron-transfer processes are enabled when redox-active terpyridine complexes are bound to (semi)conducting species (e.g., fullerenes, polyoxometalates)–thus, applications in nanoelectronics and catalysis are currently arising from these hybrid materials. Progress made in these fields, resulting from the marriage of terpyridines (as well as their metal complexes) and nanostructures, is summarized in this Review Article.

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