Selective detection of zinc ions with novel luminescent lanthanide probes

Kenjiro Hanaoka, Kazuya Kikuchi, Hirotatsu Kojima, Yasuteru Urano, Tetsuo Nagano

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A remarkable enhancement of luminescence is observed in a solution of the TbIII complex 1 upon adding ZnII ions (see picture). Complex 1 has a high selectivity for ZnII and a long luminescence lifetime of the order of milliseconds, thus is an excellent lead compound for the development of ZnII-sensitive luminescent chemosensors with long luminescence lifetimes. A = light absorption, ET = energy transfer, E = light emission.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2996-2999
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jul 7
Externally publishedYes


  • Lanthanides
  • Luminescence
  • Terbium
  • Time-resolved spectroscopy
  • Zinc

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry


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