Fluoride and cyanide anion sensing by an Sb(V)-substituted cyclometalated Ru polypyridyl complex Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2017 Two cyclometalated ruthenium polypyridyl complexes bearing novel Sb(III)- and Sb(V)-substituted phenylpyridine ligands have been synthesized and their photophysical and electrochemical properties studied. The influence of a strongly electron-withdrawing and Lewis acidic Sb(V) substituent on the cyclometalating ligand resulted in marked changes in the absorption spectrum and electrochemical profile of the complex. These effects have been utilized as a strategy for anion sensing, in which coordination of fluoride or cyanide anions at the Sb(V) substituent can be observed both spectroscopically and electrochemically.

author list (cited authors)

  • Christianson, A. M., & Gabbaï, F. P.

citation count

  • 14

complete list of authors

  • Christianson, Anna M||Gabbaï, François P

publication date

  • October 2017