Journal of Fluorescence

, Volume 26, Issue 4, pp 1421–1429 | Cite as

A Dual-Channel Sensor for Hg2+ Based on a Diarylethene with a Rhodamine B Unit

  • Yongjuan Tang
  • Shiqiang Cui
  • Shouzhi Pu


A novel diarylethene derivative with a Rhodamine B unit was synthesized successfully. It displayed favorable photochromism upon irradiation with UV/vis light. Upon addition of Hg2+, distinct changes were observed in the absorption and fluorescent spectra due to the formation of a 1:1 ligand/metal complex. As a result, the diarylethene can serve as a fluorescence / colorimetric dual-channel sensor for highly selective and sensitive recognition of Hg2+ in acetonitrile. Moreover, a complicated logic circuit was constructed with the combinational stimuli of UV/vis, Hg2+/ EDTA as input signals and the fluorescence intensity at 605 nm as output signal.


Photochromism Diarylethene Rhodamine B Dual-channel sensor Logic circuit 



The authors are grateful for the financial support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21362013, 51373072), the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangxi Province (20151BAB203019, 20132BAB203005), and the Young Talents Project of Jiangxi Science and Technology Normal University (2015QNBJRC004).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Jiangxi Key Laboratory of Organic ChemistryJiangxi Science and Technology Normal UniversityNanchangChina

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