Supramolecular luminescent sensors

Teresa L. Mako, Joan M. Racicot, Mindy Levine

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There is great need for stand-alone luminescence-based chemosensors that exemplify selectivity, sensitivity, and applicability and that overcome the challenges that arise from complex, real-world media. Discussed herein are recent developments toward these goals in the field of supramolecular luminescent chemosensors, including macrocycles, polymers, and nanomaterials. Specific focus is placed on the development of new macrocycle hosts since 2010, coupled with considerations of the underlying principles of supramolecular chemistry as well as analytes of interest and common luminophores. State-of-the-art developments in the fields of polymer and nanomaterial sensors are also examined, and some remaining unsolved challenges in the area of chemosensors are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)322-477
Number of pages156
JournalChemical Reviews
Issue number1
StatePublished - 9 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry


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