Colorimetric and turn-on Fluorescence Chemosensor for Hg2+ Ion Detection in Aqueous Media
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A new rhodamine 6G based fluorescent and colorimetric chemosensor, containing N-methyl imidazole nucleus, for the selective detection of Hg2+ ion was designed and synthesized. The results of UV-Vis and fluorescence spectral study indicated that the receptor is selective and sensitive towards Hg2+ with no noticeable interference with other competitive metal ions. The addition of Hg2+ to the receptor induced a rapid color change to pink from colorless and the turn-on fluorescence response toward Hg2+ among different cations was studied. The stoichiometric ratio of 1:1 between the receptor and Hg2+ was supported by Job’s plot. The color change and turn-on fluorescence response upon addition of Hg2+ ion was ascribed by the spirolactam ring-opening mechanism. The probable mode of binding between the receptor and Hg2+ was confirmed by 1H NMR and Mass spectral study. For the practical application, its electrospun nanofiber test strips successfully applied to recognize Hg2+ ion in aqueous media.
KeywordsMercury ion Sensing Fluorescent Nanofiber
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