Themed collection Shining a Light on the f-Block

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Gamma radiolytic stability of the novel modified diglycolamide 2,2′-oxybis(N,N-didecylpropanamide) (mTDDGA) for grouped actinide extraction

The radiolysis behavior of a new diglycolamide for solvent extraction of actinides and lanthanides was studied. The observed degradation rate was lower than for the reference molecule and 22 degradation compounds were identified.

Graphical abstract: Gamma radiolytic stability of the novel modified diglycolamide 2,2′-oxybis(N,N-didecylpropanamide) (mTDDGA) for grouped actinide extraction
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Pu(III) and Cm(III) in the presence of EDTA: aqueous speciation, redox behavior, and the impact of Ca(II)

Combined advanced spectroscopy and solubility studies provide evidence for the formation of novel calcium-containing and hydrolyzed (Cm,Pu)(III)–EDTA complex(es).

Graphical abstract: Pu(iii) and Cm(iii) in the presence of EDTA: aqueous speciation, redox behavior, and the impact of Ca(ii)
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Lanthanide-doped bismuth-based nanophosphors for ratiometric upconversion optical thermometry

Lanthanide-doped bismuth-based nanospheres can be rapidly synthesized within 1 minute for upconversion luminescence ratiometric temperature detection.

Graphical abstract: Lanthanide-doped bismuth-based nanophosphors for ratiometric upconversion optical thermometry
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Structural and spectroscopic studies of spontaneously formed crystalline Eu(III)–aliphatic dicarboxylates at room temperature

This study captures the transition of the coordination modes of aliphatic dicarboxylate ligands from side-on to end-on binding, which is illustrated in malonate bindings involving a combination of side-on and end-on modes.

Graphical abstract: Structural and spectroscopic studies of spontaneously formed crystalline Eu(iii)–aliphatic dicarboxylates at room temperature
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Study on the extraction of lanthanides by isomeric diglycolamide extractants: an experimental and theoretical study

The ‘imbalance’ of the coordination ability of the two Oamide affects the extraction performance by experimental and theoretical study.

Graphical abstract: Study on the extraction of lanthanides by isomeric diglycolamide extractants: an experimental and theoretical study
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Post synthetically modified IRMOF-3 for efficient recovery and selective sensing of U(VI) from aqueous medium

Four IRMOFs following PSM strategy were prepared. The MOFs were characterized by different techniques and were investigated for U(VI) sorption. PSM MOFs displayed impressive fluorescent sensing and selectivity of U(VI) over competing metal ions.

Graphical abstract: Post synthetically modified IRMOF-3 for efficient recovery and selective sensing of U(vi) from aqueous medium
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A comparative study on the coordination of diglycolamide isomers with Nd(III): extraction, third phase formation, structure, and computational studies

The inhomogeneous interactions of M–Oamide in the LII ligand result in differences between the metal-ion extraction performances of two isomeric ligands.

Graphical abstract: A comparative study on the coordination of diglycolamide isomers with Nd(iii): extraction, third phase formation, structure, and computational studies
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A class of novel luminescent layered double hydroxide nanotubes

The incorporation of triply charged lanthanides in layered double hydroxides (LDHs) enables the curvature of the LDH sheets, unlocking the possibility of using a soft templating strategy to produce a class of luminescent, hierarchical LDH nanotubes.

Graphical abstract: A class of novel luminescent layered double hydroxide nanotubes
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Multispectral upconversion nanoparticles for near infrared encoding of wearable devices

Multispectral transparent films of upconversion nanoparticles are developed for near-infrared encoding of wearable devices including contact lenses and patch devices.

Graphical abstract: Multispectral upconversion nanoparticles for near infrared encoding of wearable devices
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Synthesis of luminescent thorium-based metal–organic frameworks with 1,2,4,5-tetrakis(4-carboxyphenyl)benzene

Three new thorium-based MOFs based on 1,2,4,5-tetrakis(4-carboxyphenyl)benzene (H4TCPB) were obtained under a similar reaction system (metal salt, ligand, solvent, and acid are the same).

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of luminescent thorium-based metal–organic frameworks with 1,2,4,5-tetrakis(4-carboxyphenyl)benzene
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All near-infrared multiparametric luminescence thermometry using Er3+, Yb3+-doped YAG nanoparticles

Four completely new NIR luminescence temperature readouts in the second and third biological windows are demonstrated with YAG:Er3+, Yb3+ nanoparticles.

Graphical abstract: All near-infrared multiparametric luminescence thermometry using Er3+, Yb3+-doped YAG nanoparticles
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Bright sky-blue fluorescence with high color purity: assembly of luminescent diphenyl-anthracene lutetium-based coordination polymer

Pure sky-blue fluorescence (FWHM: 50 nm) from lutetium-based coordination polymer with diphenyl-anthracene derivative is demonstrated for the first time.

Graphical abstract: Bright sky-blue fluorescence with high color purity: assembly of luminescent diphenyl-anthracene lutetium-based coordination polymer
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Selective extraction of trivalent actinides using CyMe4BTPhen in the ionic liquid Aliquat-336 nitrate

Improving the kinetics of selective An(III) extraction from nitric acid feed solutions into an ionic liquid based solvent: combining CyMe4BTPhen with TODGA in Aliquat-336 nitrate.

Graphical abstract: Selective extraction of trivalent actinides using CyMe4BTPhen in the ionic liquid Aliquat-336 nitrate
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Highly fluorescent aryl-cyclopentadienyl ligands and their tetra-nuclear mixed metallic potassium–dysprosium clusters

Alkyl substituted triaryl-cyclopentadienyl ligands with aggregation-induced emission enhancement (AIEE) properties and their applications in the syntheses of novel chloride bridged tetra-nuclear mixed potassium–dysprosium metallocenes.

Graphical abstract: Highly fluorescent aryl-cyclopentadienyl ligands and their tetra-nuclear mixed metallic potassium–dysprosium clusters
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Lanthanide contraction effect and white-emitting luminescence in a series of metal–organic frameworks based on 2,5-pyrazinedicarboxylic acid

Influence of the lanthanide contraction effect on the formation of a series of new MOFs and their wide colour range luminescence spectra.

Graphical abstract: Lanthanide contraction effect and white-emitting luminescence in a series of metal–organic frameworks based on 2,5-pyrazinedicarboxylic acid
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Tb(III)-doped nanosheets as a fluorescent probe for the detection of dipicolinic acid

A new fluorescent probe based on terbium(III)-doped nanosheets was designed for detecting low-levels of dipicolinic acid (DPA), a biomarker of bacterial spores.

Graphical abstract: Tb(iii)-doped nanosheets as a fluorescent probe for the detection of dipicolinic acid
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Novel light-emitting clays with structural Tb3+ and Eu3+ for chromate anion detection

For the first time, Tb3+ and Eu3+ were incorporated into the framework of synthetic saponite by a one-pot hydrothermal procedure, obtaining luminescent materials with interesting photophysical properties, exploited for the fluorescent sensing of the chromate anion in water.

Graphical abstract: Novel light-emitting clays with structural Tb3+ and Eu3+ for chromate anion detection
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Visible and NIR emitting Yb(III) and Er(III) complexes sensitized by β-diketonates and phenanthroline derivatives

Long lifetimes and high quantum yields are obtained in the reported complexes.

Graphical abstract: Visible and NIR emitting Yb(iii) and Er(iii) complexes sensitized by β-diketonates and phenanthroline derivatives
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The impact of alicyclic substituents on the extraction ability of new family of 1,10-phenanthroline-2,9-diamides

Some unexpected “structure–extraction properties” patterns were found for new family of 1,10-phenanthroline-2,9-diamide derived ligands.

Graphical abstract: The impact of alicyclic substituents on the extraction ability of new family of 1,10-phenanthroline-2,9-diamides
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A multi-technique study of altered granitic rock from the Krunkelbach Valley uranium deposit, Southern Germany

A multi-technique elemental and microphase analysis of altered granitic rock from the Krunkelbach Valley uranium deposit, Black Forest, Southern Germany.

Graphical abstract: A multi-technique study of altered granitic rock from the Krunkelbach Valley uranium deposit, Southern Germany
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Lanthanide complexes based on a new bis-chelating carbacylamidophosphate (CAPh) scorpionate-like ligand

A new bis-chelating scorpionate type CAPh ligand and its lanthanide complexes in solid state and solution.

Graphical abstract: Lanthanide complexes based on a new bis-chelating carbacylamidophosphate (CAPh) scorpionate-like ligand
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Dual stimuli-responsive lanthanide-based phosphors for an advanced full-color anti-counterfeiting system

Dual stimuli-responsive lanthanide-based phosphors were prepared for constructing a multilevel full color anti-counterfeiting system, augmenting the security level for information protection.

Graphical abstract: Dual stimuli-responsive lanthanide-based phosphors for an advanced full-color anti-counterfeiting system
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Insight into anomalous hydrogen adsorption on rare earth metal decorated on 2-dimensional hexagonal boron nitride: a density functional theory study

The central rare earth cerium atom and underlying apolar B–N bonds in two-dimensional hexagonal boron nitride facilitate a unique arrangement of hydrogen molecules which leads to fairly strong adsorption of eight hydrogen molecules per metal atom.

Graphical abstract: Insight into anomalous hydrogen adsorption on rare earth metal decorated on 2-dimensional hexagonal boron nitride: a density functional theory study
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Tuning slow magnetic relaxation behaviour in a {Dy2}-based one-dimensional chain via crystal field perturbation

Two novel {Dy2}-based one dimensional chain compounds with similar structures have been prepared and subtle crystal field of Dy(III) ion can perturb their slow magnetic relaxation behaviors.

Graphical abstract: Tuning slow magnetic relaxation behaviour in a {Dy2}-based one-dimensional chain via crystal field perturbation
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Mixed Tb/Dy coordination ladders based on tetra(carboxymethyl)thiacalix[4]arene: a new avenue towards luminescent molecular nanomagnets

The single crystals of the two isostructural Tb3+- and Dy3+-based coordination polymers (HL3–Tb and HL3–Dy) were structurally characterized, and their photophysical properties were investigated, together with their corresponding solid solutions.

Graphical abstract: Mixed Tb/Dy coordination ladders based on tetra(carboxymethyl)thiacalix[4]arene: a new avenue towards luminescent molecular nanomagnets
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A Ln(III)-3-hydroxypyridine pH responsive probe optimized by DFT

The favorable pH response and coordination properties of the 3-hydroxypyridyl group indicate its potential for further development as a dual responsive-reporter group for Ln(III) MRS probes.

Graphical abstract: A Ln(iii)-3-hydroxypyridine pH responsive probe optimized by DFT
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Functionalized natural cellulose fibres for the recovery of uranium from seawater

Simple organophosphonate functionalization of sisal fibres yields materials that extract uranium from sea water with high efficiency.

Graphical abstract: Functionalized natural cellulose fibres for the recovery of uranium from seawater
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Crystallization of colourless hexanitratoneptunate(IV) with anhydrous H+ countercations trapped in a hydrogen bonded polymer with diamide linkers

Centrosymmetric hexanitratoneptunate(IV) crystallizes with anhydrous proton countercations trapped in a hydrogen bonded polymer with diamide linker molecules to give colourless crystals.

Graphical abstract: Crystallization of colourless hexanitratoneptunate(iv) with anhydrous H+ countercations trapped in a hydrogen bonded polymer with diamide linkers
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Circularly polarised luminescence (CPL) control of oligopeptide–Eu(III) hybridized luminophores by interaction with peptide side chains

The CPL sign is controllable by varying the number of naphthalene units and peptide/Eu(III) coordination ratio.

Graphical abstract: Circularly polarised luminescence (CPL) control of oligopeptide–Eu(iii) hybridized luminophores by interaction with peptide side chains
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About this collection

Welcome to this themed collection on “Shining a Light on the f-Block”, guest edited by Dr Robert Baker (Trinity College Dublin).

Whilst the chemistry of the f-block (Ln and An) elements are not as well investigated as the transition metals, fascinating results have been forthcoming in the last 10 years. These results have challenged our ideas on bonding and led to refinement of theories on bonding and magnetism to name but two.

In this collection, numerous facets of the interest, both fundamental and applied, in f-block chemistry are showcased. The photophysics and magnetism of the lanthanides are highlighted in numerous applications, including biochemistry whilst there is still room for the coordination and organometallic chemistry of the lanthanides to be extended and explored.

The chemistry of the actinides is generally more challenging both experimentally and from a safety and regulatory framework. Separation science has an important role here for treatment of legacy, current and future nuclear wastes, both experimentally and theoretically. Advances in state-of-the-art spectroscopy highlights what can be achieved for small concentrations of U, Pu and Cm. The chemical creativity on display in this selection shows that forays into the f-block can be both satisfying and rewarding.

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