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Themed collection Rare Earth Chemistry – In memory of Professor Xu Guangxian at his centenary

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Review Article

Engineering well-defined rare earth oxide-based nanostructures for catalyzing C1 chemical reactions

In this review, we summarize the nanostructural engineering and applications of rare earth oxide-based nanomaterials with well-defined compositions, crystal phases and shapes for efficiently catalyzing C1 chemical reactions.

Graphical abstract: Engineering well-defined rare earth oxide-based nanostructures for catalyzing C1 chemical reactions
Review Article

External stimuli modulate the magnetic relaxation of lanthanide single-molecule magnets

The magnetic relaxation of lanthanide single-molecule magnets (Ln-SMMs) can be modulated reversibly by external stimuli including light irradiation, thermal treatment, protonation/deprotonation and oxidation/reduction etc.

Graphical abstract: External stimuli modulate the magnetic relaxation of lanthanide single-molecule magnets
Review Article

Rare earth elements based oxide ion conductors

Rare-earth-elements-based oxide ion conductors with various structures and their structure-property relationships were systematically presented and summarized, which can provide new insight and guidance for the development of new oxide ion conductors.

Graphical abstract: Rare earth elements based oxide ion conductors
Review Article

Joining the journey to near infrared (NIR) imaging: the emerging role of lanthanides in the designing of molecular probes

The recent developments and prospects of near-infrared molecular probes based on luminescent lanthanide coordination complexes in bioimaging are described, which is important to emphasise the importance of lanthanide chemical biology.

Graphical abstract: Joining the journey to near infrared (NIR) imaging: the emerging role of lanthanides in the designing of molecular probes
Research Article

A computational study of the reactivity of rare-earth/phosphorus Lewis pairs toward polymerization of conjugated polar alkenes

The polymerization mechanism of methyl methacrylate (MMA) catalyzed by rare-earth/phosphorus (RE/P) Lewis pairs has been systematically studied through density functional theory (DFT) calculations.

Graphical abstract: A computational study of the reactivity of rare-earth/phosphorus Lewis pairs toward polymerization of conjugated polar alkenes
Research Article

Air stable and efficient rare earth Eu(II) hydro-tris(pyrazolyl)borate complexes with tunable emission colors

Eu(II) complexes with high air stability and tunable emission colors were synthesized and characterized.

Graphical abstract: Air stable and efficient rare earth Eu(ii) hydro-tris(pyrazolyl)borate complexes with tunable emission colors
Research Article

Luminescent Ir(III)–Ln(III) coordination polymers showing slow magnetization relaxation

Two structural types of iridium(III)–lanthanide(III) coordination polymers, single-chain Ir2Ln and double-chain Ir4Ln2 (Ln = Gd, Dy, Er, and Yb), have been prepared. SMM behaviour and NIR luminescence were observed for the Ir–Er and Ir–Yb systems.

Graphical abstract: Luminescent Ir(iii)–Ln(iii) coordination polymers showing slow magnetization relaxation
Open Access Research Article

Redox activity of a dissymmetric ligand bridging divalent ytter-bium and reactive nickel fragments

The reaction of a nickel complex bearing a redox-active dissymmetric ligand (Kbimpm) with a divalent lanthanide complex, Cp*2Yb(OEt2) affords an unprecedented, trimeric complex with C(sp3)–C(sp3) bond formation between two ligands in an exo position.

Graphical abstract: Redox activity of a dissymmetric ligand bridging divalent ytter-bium and reactive nickel fragments
Research Article

Rare earth permanent magnetic nanostructures: chemical design and microstructure control to optimize magnetic properties

The routes for the optimization of the magnetic properties of rare earth permanent magnetic nanostructures are discussed, i.e. the control of microstructure, such as size and shape as well as the exchange-coupling interactions.

Graphical abstract: Rare earth permanent magnetic nanostructures: chemical design and microstructure control to optimize magnetic properties
Research Article

α-C–C agostic interactions and C–H bond activation in scandium cyclopropyl complexes

Electron deficient scandium cyclopropyl complexes have been synthesized and fully characterized for the first time, and a combination of solid XRD, solution NMR and theoretical studies well demonstrated the α-C–C agostic interactions in the complexes.

Graphical abstract: α-C–C agostic interactions and C–H bond activation in scandium cyclopropyl complexes
Research Article

2.2.2-Cryptand as a bidentate ligand in rare-earth metal chemistry

Crystal structures demonstrate that 2.2.2-cryptand can function as a κ2-O,O′ bidentate ligand to rare-earth metal ions.

Graphical abstract: 2.2.2-Cryptand as a bidentate ligand in rare-earth metal chemistry
Research Article

Breaking the axiality of pentagonal–bipyramidal dysprosium(III) single-molecule magnets with pyrazolate ligands

Ten air-stable dysprosium(III) SMMs with destroyed pentagonal-bipyramidal geometry imposed by axial bidentate-chelating pyrazolate ligands are studied, showing substitutional effect on axial ligands and no effect on equatorial ligands.

Graphical abstract: Breaking the axiality of pentagonal–bipyramidal dysprosium(iii) single-molecule magnets with pyrazolate ligands
Research Article

Constructing [CoII6] hexagon-centered heterometallic {Ln6Co6} (Ln = Y, Eu and Dy) clusters with a calix[8]arene ligand

Three isostructural 3d–4f polynuclear clusters {(LnIII6CoII6)(C8A)3} (Ln = Y, Eu, Dy; C8A = p-tert-butylcalix[8]arene) feature some tripod-like entities in which three Ln2-C8A SBUs bolster a [Co6] hexagon.

Graphical abstract: Constructing [CoII6] hexagon-centered heterometallic {Ln6Co6} (Ln = Y, Eu and Dy) clusters with a calix[8]arene ligand
Research Article

A bioorthogonal time-resolved luminogenic probe for metabolic labelling and imaging of glycans

A terbium complex Tb-1 was demonstrated to undergo bioorthogonal ligation with engineered cell-surface glycans, which results in a much less efficient LRET and a 5-fold increase in long-lived terbium emission with low toxicity.

Graphical abstract: A bioorthogonal time-resolved luminogenic probe for metabolic labelling and imaging of glycans
Research Article

A systematic study of halide-template effects in the assembly of lanthanide hydroxide cluster complexes with histidine

Controlled hydrolysis of lanthanide ions in the presence of histidine and halide templates of different sizes produced dodeca- and pentadecanuclear lanthanide hydroxide clusters.

Graphical abstract: A systematic study of halide-template effects in the assembly of lanthanide hydroxide cluster complexes with histidine
Open Access Research Article

Magnetic exchange interactions in symmetric lanthanide dimetallics

Multi-frequency EPR spectra and CASSCF-SO calculations on two symmetric homo-dimetallic lanthanide complexes are used to determine the magnetic exchange coupling in the low-lying states.

Graphical abstract: Magnetic exchange interactions in symmetric lanthanide dimetallics
Research Article

Syndio-and cis-1,4 dually selective copolymerization of polar fluorostyrene and butadiene using rare-earth metal catalysts

Synthesizing functional butadiene–styrene rubber through coordination polymerization is a theoretical challenge for polymer science, since functional monomers usually deactivate to the applied catalysts.

Graphical abstract: Syndio-and cis-1,4 dually selective copolymerization of polar fluorostyrene and butadiene using rare-earth metal catalysts
Research Article

Orientation mapping of Rabi frequencies in a rare-earth molecular qudit

Utilizing the S = 7/2 4f spin and the D4 symmetry of a Gd(III) complex, we propose and demonstrate an eight-leveled rare-earth molecular qudit, which can be coherently manipulated between adjacent energy levels with precompiled pulse durations.

Graphical abstract: Orientation mapping of Rabi frequencies in a rare-earth molecular qudit
Research Article

Carbon dioxide reduction by lanthanide(III) complexes supported by redox-active Schiff base ligands

The reduction of Ln(III)-trensal complexes allows to store electrons, that become available for CO2 reduction, trough the formation of new C–C bonds.

Graphical abstract: Carbon dioxide reduction by lanthanide(iii) complexes supported by redox-active Schiff base ligands
Research Article

A water-stable terbium metal–organic framework as a highly sensitive fluorescent sensor for nitrite

A terbium metal–organic framework was synthesized for highly sensitive nitrite detection. The mechanism of the quenching process was also studied in detail.

Graphical abstract: A water-stable terbium metal–organic framework as a highly sensitive fluorescent sensor for nitrite
Research Article

A perfect triangular dysprosium single-molecule magnet with virtually antiparallel Ising-like anisotropy

A perfect triangular Dy3 single-molecule magnet was reported. Each Dy(III) magnetic axis is oriented almost normal to the plane of Dy3, and the intramolecular magnetic dipole interaction gives rise to a virtually antiparallel Ising-like ground state.

Graphical abstract: A perfect triangular dysprosium single-molecule magnet with virtually antiparallel Ising-like anisotropy
Research Article

Thermal quenching properties of narrow-band blue-emitting MBe2(PO4)2:Eu2+ (M = Ca, Sr) phosphors towards backlight display applications

Narrow-band blue-emitting MBe2(PO4)2:Eu2+ (M = Ca, Sr) phosphors were developed via selection of an ordered host with confined doping sites.

Graphical abstract: Thermal quenching properties of narrow-band blue-emitting MBe2(PO4)2:Eu2+ (M = Ca, Sr) phosphors towards backlight display applications
Research Article

Unprecedented intramolecular pancake bonding in a {Dy2} single-molecule magnet

The first example of unique coordination induced intramolecular pancake bonding was achieved through the reduction of two bis(pyrazolyl)-tetrazine ligands.

Graphical abstract: Unprecedented intramolecular pancake bonding in a {Dy2} single-molecule magnet
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About this collection

In memory of Professor Xu Guanxian 徐光宪 on the centenary of his birth, Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers is publishing a themed collection on rare earth chemistry.

This collection is a celebration of Professor Xu's achievements, of his own research with over 500 papers and numerous awards, but also for his passion and great efforts to advance rare earths and chemical research in China.

With this collection, we bring together people who wish to pay respect to Professor Xu through research in rare earth chemistry. Topics covered in the collection include but not limited to:

  • RE theoretical and computational chemistry
  • RE coordination chemistry and organometallics
  • RE solid state chemistry
  • RE based functional materials
  • RE catalysis
  • RE bioinorganic chemistry

This collection is chaired by Song Gao, Editor-in-Chief of the journal. More articles will be added as soon as they are published.

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