Recent advances in luminescent heavy metal complexes for sensing

Edmond Dik Lung MA*, Victor Pui Yan Ma, Daniel Shiu Hin Chan, Ka Ho Leung, Hong Zhang He, Chung Hang Leung

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Luminescent metal complexes have attracted increasing attention in the literature over the last few decades. In particular, transition metal compounds have been widely studied for luminescent sensing applications in recent years due to their attractive photophysical properties. In this review, we first summarize the recent development of luminescent transition metal complexes as chemosensors for cations, anions, gas molecules and biomolecules in the years of 2010-2012. The second part of this review highlights the application of luminescent metal complexes for label-free DNA-based sensing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3087-3113
Number of pages27
JournalCoordination Chemistry Reviews
Issue number23-24
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

User-Defined Keywords

  • Biosensors
  • Chemosensors
  • Phosphorescence
  • Probes
  • Transition metal complexes


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