Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson

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[reaction: see text] The fluorescent photoinduced electron transfer (PET) chemosensors 2 and 3 were designed for the recognition of anions possessing two binding sides such as dicarboxylates and pyrophosphate; the anion recognition in DMSO takes place through the two charge neutral thiourea receptor sites with concomitant PET quenching of the anthracene(More)
The synthesis of four fluorescent photoinduced electron transfer (PET) chemosensors 1-4 for anions is described. These are all based on a simple design employing charge neutral aliphatic or aromatic thiourea anion receptors connected to an anthracene fluorophore via a methylene spacer. Here the anion recognition occurred through 1 : 1 hydrogen bonding(More)
This critical review focuses on the development of anion sensors, being either fluorescent and/or colorimetric, based on the use of the 1,8-naphthalimide structure; a highly versatile building unit that absorbs and emits at long wavelengths. The review commences with a short description of the most commonly used design principles employed in chemosensors,(More)
[structure: see text] The synthesis and UV-vis and NMR spectroscopic studies of thiourea-based colorimetric sensors for anions are presented. These sensors can recognize anions through hydrogen binding even in competitive pH-buffered aqueous solutions, giving rise to large color changes that are clearly visible to the naked eye.
The coordinately unsaturated terbium complexes Tb.1 and Tb.2 possess two labile metal-bound water molecules that can be displaced upon metal chelation to aromatic carboxylic anions such as salicylic acid in water, which gives rise to large enhancements in the Tb(III) luminescence.
In this paper, the synthesis and the spectroscopic investigation of new colorimetric receptors for anions 3-6, possessing a glycol chain at the 4-position of the pyridyl ring, and 1 and 2, which lack such a chain, and the X-ray crystal structure of 2 is presented. Structures 3-6 are able to bind to anions in competitive media, such as alcohol or in a(More)
The design, synthesis, and characterization of a novel dinuclear Eu(III) bismacrocyclic conjugate 1.Eu2 as a delayed luminescent lanthanide sensor for dicarboxylates is discussed. The sensor was shown to bind small dicarboxylic acids such as aspartic, malonic, succinic, or glutaric acid in pH 6.5 solutions. However, only malonic acid gave rise to selective(More)
A series of substituted 1,4,7,10-tetraazacylcododecane ligands 1-4, possessing sensitizing nitrobenzene or naphthalene antennae, as one of the amide pendant arms, and their complexes with europium(III) were synthesised. The protonation constants and the metal ion stability constants of two of these ligands were determined by potentiometric titration. The(More)
This mini review highlights the synthesis and photophysical evaluation of anion sensors, for nonaqueous solutions, that have been developed in our laboratories over the last few years. We have focused our research mainly on developing fluorescent photoinduced electron transfer (PET) sensors based on the fluorophore-spacer-anion receptor principle using(More)