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January 2022

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Matthew J. Allen


This thesis is a collection of seven chapters that describes a combination of literature research and experimental analyses into the study of inorganic complexes, with an emphasis on the photophysics and coordination of redox-active europium. The first chapter summarizes the key features of each chapter. The second and third chapters are detailed overviews, including historical context, current studies, and future goals of imaging science, with an emphasis on inorganic complexes. The fourth chapter describes the design of a screening procedure to study new ligand environments for redox-active europium using magnetic resonance imaging and a proof-of-concept experiment. The fifth chapter is a collection of three comparative studies involving the computational analyses of the absorbance and luminescence of five different complexes of divalent europium. The sixth chapter is an application of the screening procedure described in the fourth chapter and analyzes the complexation of twenty ligands to both EuII and EuIII. The final chapter summarizes the results and important discussions of each chapter and postulates the future directions of each of these studies.

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