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Chiral probe development for circularly polarised luminescence: comparative study of structural factors determining the degree of induced CPL with four heptacoordinate europium(III) complexes

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A series of bright, europium(III) complexes has been prepared based on an achiral heptadentate triazacyclononane ligand bearing two strongly absorbing, coordinated aralkynyl pyridyl moieties. The binding of chiral carboxylates, including α-hydroxy acids such as lactate and mandelate, has been monitored by emission spectroscopy and is signalled by the switching on of strong circularly polarised emission. In each case, an R-chiral carboxylate gave rise to emission typical of a Δ complex, most clearly shown in the form of the ΔJ = 4 transition manifold around 700 nm. Variations in the sign and magnitude of the CPL allow the enantiomeric purity and absolute configuration of the acid to be assessed in a sample. Analysis of the relative energies of the parent aqua complexes and their stereoisomeric adducts has been aided by lifetime measurements and density functional theory calculations.

Graphical abstract: Chiral probe development for circularly polarised luminescence: comparative study of structural factors determining the degree of induced CPL with four heptacoordinate europium(iii) complexes

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The article was received on 22 Jun 2015, accepted on 24 Jul 2015 and first published on 24 Jul 2015


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT02358K
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Citation: Dalton Trans., 2015,44, 14937-14951
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    Chiral probe development for circularly polarised luminescence: comparative study of structural factors determining the degree of induced CPL with four heptacoordinate europium(III) complexes

    E. R. Neil, M. A. Fox, R. Pal, L. Pålsson, B. A. O'Sullivan and D. Parker, Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 14937
    DOI: 10.1039/C5DT02358K

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