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Detection of cyanide via extended π-conjugation-induced fluorescence enhancement of a metal organic framework composed of terbium(III), bipyridyl and adenosine diphosphate

Shaoxuan Wang, Yang Chen, Lude Wang


A metal-organic framework (MOF) was designed and prepared from luminescent Tb(III), adenosine diphosphate (ADP) and bipyridyl (Bipy). Its green fluorescence at 545 nm is shown to enable the fluorometric detection of cyanide ion based on the principle of π-conjugation-induced fluorescence enhancement. The fluorescence of the probe is strongly increased by cyanide due to extended π-conjugation between probe MOF and cyanide which sensitizes the fluorescence of Tb(III). This effect can be used to quantify cyanide at levels as low as 30 nM in aqueous solution. The method was applied to the determination of cyanide in saliva samples. The lack of interference by acetate and fluoride is a specific feature of this method. The method based on the principle of π-conjugation-induced fluorescence enhancement provides a new sensing way for widely used fluorescence assays.

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A cyanide-selective Tb-ADP-Bipy MOF was designed and synthesized for the detection of cyanide based on the principle of π-conjugation-induced fluorescence enhancement.

Publisher URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00604-017-2505-8

DOI: 10.1007/s00604-017-2505-8

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