Theoretical study of lanthanide-based in vivo luminescent probes for detecting hydrogen peroxide

Miho Hatanaka, Tomonari Wakabayashi

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The 4f-4f emissions from lanthanide trication (Ln3+) complexes are widely used in bioimaging probes. The emission intensity from Ln3+ depends on the surroundings, and thus, the design of appropriate photo-antenna ligands is indispensable. In this study, we focus on two probes for detecting hydrogen peroxide, for which emission intensities from Tb3+ are enhanced chemo-selectively by the H2O2-mediated oxidation of ligands. To understand the mechanism, the Gibbs free energy profiles of the ground and excited states related to emission and quenching are computed by combining our approximation—called the energy shift method—and density functional theory. The different emission intensities are mainly attributed to different activation barriers for excitation energy transfer from the ligand-centered triplet (T1) to the Tb3+-centered excited state. Additionally, quenching from T1 to the ground state via intersystem crossing was inhibited by intramolecular hydrogen bonds only in the highly emissive Tb3+ complexes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)500-506
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Computational Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 15
Externally publishedYes


  • density functional theory
  • excitation energy transfer
  • intersystem crossing
  • rare earth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Computational Mathematics


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