The Luminescent Lanthanide Lab, created in late 2008, studies the luminescence of lanthanide elements. Our research is aimed at understanding the relationship between the molecular structure of lanthanide-containing coordination compounds and their luminescence properties, with the aim of acquiring knowledge that can lead to the development of novel materials, to be used in optics, biological imaging, sensing, data transfer, etc. The lanthanides (or 4f elements) are a group of 15 metallic elements hidden away at the bottom of the periodic table, which are also sometimes refered to as the rare-earth elements. One of their most remarkable properties is bright and color pure luminescence, which explains their application in tv screens, lighting applications, lasers, etc. The Luminescent Lanthanide Lab is part of the Department of Chemistry within the Faculty of Sciences.