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Environmental Effects on the Photophysics of Transition Metal Complexes with Dipyrido[2,3-a:3',2'-c]phenazine (dppz) and Related Ligands

Lookup NU author(s): Andrew McKinley, Dr Eimer TuiteORCiD



This review primarily covers studies of ruthenium(II) complexes with the dppz (dipyrido[2,3-a:3',2'-c]phenazine) ligand; in solution, in polymers and surfactant/lipid media, and when bound to DNA. Related studies with other transition metals, and with extended ligands that can form bimetallic as well as monometallic complexes are discussed. The review focuses on photophysics of these complexes with particular attention devoted to the nature of the excited states that give rise to emission, their dependence on solvent environment, and the behaviour of the complexes as luminscent probes for DNA.

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Author(s): McKinley AW, Lincoln P, Tuite EM

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Coordination Chemistry Reviews

Year: 2011

Volume: 225

Issue: 21-22

Pages: 2676-2692

Print publication date: 23/06/2011

ISSN (print): 0010-8545

ISSN (electronic): 1873-3840


DOI: 10.1016/j.ccr.2011.06.012