A dinuclear lanthanide complex for the recognition of bis(carboxylates): formation of terbium(III) luminescent self-assembly ternary complexes in aqueous solution.

The synthesis and photophysical properties of a coordinatively unsaturated cationic dinuclear terbium complex, 2.Tb(2), that can detect the presence of mono- or bis(carboxylates) in buffered aqueous solution at physiological pH is described. Full ligand synthesis and structural characterization of 2.Na(2) are also described. Spectroscopic measurements… CONTINUE READING