Spectroscopic Characterization of the 3+ and 2+ Oxidation States of Europium in a Macrocyclic Tetraglycinate Complex Academic Article uri icon

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  • The 3+ and 2+ oxidation states of europium have drastically different magnetic and spectroscopic properties. Electrochemical measurements are often used to probe EuIII/II oxidation state changes, but a full suite of spectroscopic characterization is necessary to demonstrate conversion between these two oxidation states in solution. Here, we report the facile conversion of an europium(III) tetraglycinate complex into its EuII analogue. We present electrochemical, luminescence, electron paramagnetic resonance, UV-visible, and NMR spectroscopic data demonstrating complete reversibility from the reduction and oxidation of the 3+ and 2+ oxidation states, respectively. The EuII-containing analogue has kinetic stability within the range of clinically approved GdIII-containing complexes using an acid-catalyzed dissociation experiment. Additionally, we demonstrate that the 3+ and 2+ oxidation states provide redox-responsive behavior through chemical-exchange saturation transfer or proton relaxation, respectively. These results will be applicable to a wide range of redox-responsive contrast agents and Eu-containing complexes.


  • Ekanger, Levi A
  • Mills, Devin R
  • Ali, Meser M
  • Polin, Lisa A
  • Shen, Yimin
  • Haacke, Mark
  • Allen, Matthew J

publication date

  • October 17, 2016