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Simple polyphenyl zirconium and hafnium metallocene room-temperature lumophores for cell imaging

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  • Victoria E. Pritchard
  • Flora L. Thorp-Greenwood
  • Rebeca G. Balasingham
  • Catrin F. Williams
  • Benson M. Kariuki
  • James A. Platts
  • Andrew J. Hallett
  • Michael Coogan
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2013
Issue number12
Number of pages4
Pages (from-to)3566–3569
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Zirconium and Hafnium metallocene dihalides based on simple poly-phenyl cyclopentadienes are stable room temperature lumophores with large Stokes shifts, emitting from states with substantial LMCT character. Their synthesis is described, including by a rapid solvent-free approach compatible with the lifetime of PET-active isotopes (89Zr). Preliminary experiments indicate the viability of these species as lumophores for fluorescence cell-imaging microscopy.