New Publication: Heterometallic Lanthanide Complexes with Site-Specific Binding that Enable Simultaneous Visible and NIR-emission

Lanthanide elements have distinctive and long-lived light emission. Holding multiple lanthanides close together provides a route to creating new biological imaging molecules.

Synthetic scheme for the new molecular system

Group PhD student Matthew Thornton has had a paper accepted in Frontiers in Chemistry, describing the synthesis and spectroscopy of a lanthanide-binding molecule with potential for up-conversion emission. These molecules are potentially of interest for future biological imaging markers, and understanding energy dynamics is a crucial step towards this goal.

This work was led by Louise Natrajan (Manchester Chemistry) and was funded by the BBSRC.

Reference: "Heterometallic lanthanide complexes with site-specific binding that enable simultaneous visible and NIR-emission", Natrajan et al., Frontiers in Chemistry, 11 (2023)