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Chemosensing Based on Luminescent Supramolecular Coordination Polymers and Framework Materials

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Luminescent coordination polymers have been of immense research interest over the last decade. In addition to conventional supramolecular coordination polymers, the active developments in porous coordination polymers, also known as metal-organic frameworks, have also contributed to the development of novel luminescent supramolecular materials for the sensing of chemical species. Since the nature of these supramolecular materials can be readily tuned through variation of the constituent monomers, ligands, or metal centers, the luminescence and other properties of the compounds can be rationally designed to selectively bind target species, such as cations or anions, as well as other environmentally and biologically interesting species.

Chemosensing based on luminescent coordination polymers has resulted in the development of highly efficient and selective chemosensing protocols, which are important for the real-time monitoring of changes in the microenvironment, both in vitro and in vivo, for imaging, environmental monitoring, and other applications. With modifiable structural backbones, the surface properties of coordination polymers can be optimized for both hydrophobic and hydrophilic environments. In addition, the ultra-high porosity and total surface area of porous coordination polymers further enables the adsorption and storage of molecules of interest. In this Research Topic, we would like to cover recent research trends and breakthroughs in the development of novel luminescent coordination polymers and their applications in molecular sensing. Parallel to this, the latest advances in instrumental methods and theoretical studies of porous materials is also crucial to the understanding of the excited state chemistry of these luminescent materials.

Areas to be covered in this Research Topic may include, but are not limited to:

 • Synthetic protocols for new luminescent supramolecular materials
 • Supramolecular organic and coordination polymers for chemosensing
 • Metal-organic frameworks and covalent organic frameworks for chemosensing
 • Advanced techniques in luminescence measurement of supramolecular materials
 • Studies of the excited states of luminescent supramolecular materials


Keywords: luminescence, coordination polymers, framework materials, supramolecular chemistry, chemosensing, self-assembly, polymer, chemosensor, metal complex, metal ions, anions, quenching mechanism, excimers, doped polymers


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Luminescent coordination polymers have been of immense research interest over the last decade. In addition to conventional supramolecular coordination polymers, the active developments in porous coordination polymers, also known as metal-organic frameworks, have also contributed to the development of novel luminescent supramolecular materials for the sensing of chemical species. Since the nature of these supramolecular materials can be readily tuned through variation of the constituent monomers, ligands, or metal centers, the luminescence and other properties of the compounds can be rationally designed to selectively bind target species, such as cations or anions, as well as other environmentally and biologically interesting species.

Chemosensing based on luminescent coordination polymers has resulted in the development of highly efficient and selective chemosensing protocols, which are important for the real-time monitoring of changes in the microenvironment, both in vitro and in vivo, for imaging, environmental monitoring, and other applications. With modifiable structural backbones, the surface properties of coordination polymers can be optimized for both hydrophobic and hydrophilic environments. In addition, the ultra-high porosity and total surface area of porous coordination polymers further enables the adsorption and storage of molecules of interest. In this Research Topic, we would like to cover recent research trends and breakthroughs in the development of novel luminescent coordination polymers and their applications in molecular sensing. Parallel to this, the latest advances in instrumental methods and theoretical studies of porous materials is also crucial to the understanding of the excited state chemistry of these luminescent materials.

Areas to be covered in this Research Topic may include, but are not limited to:

 • Synthetic protocols for new luminescent supramolecular materials
 • Supramolecular organic and coordination polymers for chemosensing
 • Metal-organic frameworks and covalent organic frameworks for chemosensing
 • Advanced techniques in luminescence measurement of supramolecular materials
 • Studies of the excited states of luminescent supramolecular materials


Keywords: luminescence, coordination polymers, framework materials, supramolecular chemistry, chemosensing, self-assembly, polymer, chemosensor, metal complex, metal ions, anions, quenching mechanism, excimers, doped polymers


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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03 July 2020 Abstract
02 November 2020 Manuscript

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02 November 2020 Manuscript

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