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Cyanide Sensing in Water Using a Copper Metallogel through "turn-on" Fluorescence
, Sebastian A.
Published in ACS Publications
Volume: 36
Issue: 35
Pages: 10537 - 10547
The development of fluorescent probes for selective detection of cyanide has gained considerable attention over the past two decades due to benefits like high selectivity as well as sensitivity, fast response, visual output, accurate quantification, and a simplified sample preparation procedure. However, the propensity of supramolecular gels toward fluorescence sensing of cyanide in aqueous medium is not well explored until now. Herein, we report the design and synthesis of a novel copper based metallogel capable of sensing cyanide in water by fluorescence "turn on". Toward this, a terpyridine attached poly(aryl ether) dendrone derivative (G1) is synthesized which forms gel and exhibits Aggregation Induced Emission (AIE). The addition and diffusion of copper ions to the gel resulted in the formation of a nonluminescent copper metallogel (CuG). The copper metallogel could selectively sense cyanide in water by a fluorescence "turn-on"signal due to the regeneration of the AIE active gel. The mechanistic pathways of the sensing have been studied, and the detection limit for sensing was found to be as low as 1.09 μM. A thin film of CuG was prepared by casting the gel and used as a test strip for the visual detection of cyanide in water. Copyright © 2020 American Chemical Society.
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