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A highly selective, sensitive and reusable BODIPY based ‘OFF/ON' fluorescence chemosensor for the detection of Hg2+ Ions

A highly selective, sensitive and reusable BODIPY based ‘OFF/ON' fluorescence chemosensor for the detection of Hg2+ Ions
A BODIPY (borondipyrromethane) based fluorescence probe anchored with N,N-bis(2-(pyridin-2-ylmethoxy)ethyl)aniline receptor (BDPS) has been designed, synthesized and successfully characterized. It can selectively sense Hg2+ ion by giving significant emission enhancement at 514nm over other biologically and environmentally relevant metal ions in CH3CN/H2O (1:1) medium. The turn-on behaviour of the sensor is due to the metal chelation enhanced fluorescence (MCHEF) effect which has been confirmed by deriving the Job's plot from titration experiment and the high binding constant of 4.19±2.67×105 M‐1 between Hg2+ and BDPS. Furthermore, the sensor can efficiently detect Hg2+ in a competitive environment upto submicromolar range revealing high selectivity towards Hg2+. The sensing probe is reversible on adding excess amount of S2− to the solution of BDPS pre-incubated with Hg2+. Reusability of the probe has been demonstrated successfully by multiple cycles of alternative addition of Hg2+ ions followed by S2− ions. Consequently, INHIBIT molecular logic gate can be constructed with the help of OFF-ON-OFF signal on successive addition of Hg2+ (input 1) and S2− (input 2) to the probe. Finally, the test paper experiment demonstrates the practical utility of BDPS for the easy and visual detection of Hg2+.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S0925400517314387

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