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Facile Synthesis of Fluorescent Conjugated Polyelectrolytes Using Polydentate Sulfonate as Highly Selective and Sensitive Copper(II) Sensors

Facile Synthesis of Fluorescent Conjugated Polyelectrolytes Using Polydentate Sulfonate as Highly Selective and Sensitive Copper(II) Sensors
Fluorescent conjugated polyelectrolytes represent an exciting area of research into new chemosensors. By virtue of their rapid electron and energy transfer paths, these highly correlated, one-dimensional systems have been depicted as “molecular wires” and show “million-fold” sensitivity compared to monomolecular sensor analogs. In this paper, a novel polyelectrolyte sensor, the ttp-PPESO3, has been designed by incorporating terpyridine and sulfonate functional groups into the polyelectrolyte. This specifically tailored sensor has displayed remarkable quenching response toward copper(II) with a detection limit of 14.7 nM (0.93 ppb). It is capable of selectively screening copper without interference from 12 common cations. Molecular modeling suggests that binding occurs through a coordination interaction of the terpyridine and sulfonate. The additional multidentate nature from the sulfonate offers extraordinary chelating ability to the analyte. We anticipate that this unique binding mode will provide insight for the design of future more sensitive and selective systems.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acssensors.7b00400

DOI: 10.1021/acssensors.7b00400

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