Luminescent Ruthenium(II) Polypyridine Complexes for a Wide Variety of Biomolecular and Cellular Applications

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2231–2247
Journal / PublicationInorganic Chemistry
Issue number4
Online published29 Jan 2019
Publication statusPublished - 18 Feb 2019


Ruthenium(II) polypyridine complexes are one of the most extensively studied and developed systems in the family of luminescent transition-metal complexes. Notably, there has been a large amount of interest in the biological applications of these luminescent ruthenium(II) complexes because of their rich photophysical and photochemical properties. In this Viewpoint, we explore past and recent works on the possible biological and cellular applications of these promising complexes, with a focus on their use as bioimaging reagents, biomolecular probes, and phototherapeutic agents.