Electrochemically Induced Release of a Luminescent Probe from a Rhenium-Containing Metallopolymer



Invited for this month′s cover is the group of Prof. Francesco Paolucci and the group of Prof. Robert Forster and Prof. Tia E. Keyes. The cover picture shows release of the luminescent rhenium coordination complex in solution.

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From left to right:

(back row) Prof. Francesco Paolucci (first), Dr. Giovanni Valenti (third)

(front row) Dr. Massimo Marcaccio (fourth)

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From right to left:

(back row) Prof. Robert J. Forster (first), Prof. Tia E. Keyes (second)

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How would you describe your research?

No boundaries. The most fascinating and also more challenging aspect of our research is speaking, communicating, and collaborating with researchers from other cultures. We use electrochemistry as a tool for connecting different disciplines and cultures.

How did the collaboration on this project start?

Our collaboration started in 2006 with an exchange program for PhD students and is continuing thanks to the mutual interest of the two groups in inorganic coordination compounds and their electrochemical proprieties. In particular, our expertise is on the electrochemiluminescence of new systems.

As often happens when it comes to Italian and Irish people, our collaboration has roots in ancient cultures, the heritage of two fascinating countries, and it sometimes leads to enjoy a pint of beer together.

What other topics are you working on at the moment?

Our collaboration is now focusing on electrochemically generated luminescence (ECL), especially for biosensor application and for new materials. In this context, we plan to combine the experience gained in Francesco’s lab on understanding the mechanisms for the ECL with the expertise in Robert’s group on the bioanalytical application. Our intent is to integrate our expertise to go far beyond the state-of-the-art, to provide new sensing strategies while also branching out into healthcare.

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We thank the University of Bologna and Italian Ministero dell’Istruzione, Università e Ricerca. G.V. thanks the University of Bologna for financial support through the “MARCO POLO” exchange programm. We appreciate the on-going financial support from the Science Foundation Ireland under the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute. We thank Drs. Luca Bardini and Matteo Iurlo for the useful discussions in the preparation of the cover picture.