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Cyclen-Based Lanthanide Complexes as Luminescent Anion Receptors

[ Vol. 1 , Issue. 1 ]


Luis M. P. Lima and Raphael Tripier   Pages 36 - 60 ( 25 )


This review highlights the research carried out during the last decade or so in the field of anion coordination using cyclen-based lanthanide complexes as luminescent receptors (cyclen = 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane). Herein, the fundamental concepts explaining the particularly good affinity between cyclen derivatives and lanthanides and the way to sense the interaction with anionic substrates are firstly discussed. This is followed by a selection of examples from the recent literature describing these cationic receptors as powerful optical sensors of environmental, biological and pharmaceutical relevance.


Lanthanides, cyclen, anions, complexation, detection, luminescence, sensors, thiocyanate, polycarboxylates, metalloreceptors


Laboratoire de Chimie, Electrochimie Moleculaires et Chimie Analytique, Universite de BretagneOccidentale, UMR CNRS 6521, 6 Avenue Victor Le Gorgeu, 29200 Brest, France.

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