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Crystal structure, luminescent sensing and photocatalytic activity of a multifunctional hydrazone-based zinc(II) coordination polymer

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A Zn(II)-based coordination polymer [Zn3(L)2(dpp)2]n (1) has been solvothermally constructed from a combination of a multifunctional Schiff base 3,5-dibromosalicylaldehyde salicylhydrazone (H2L) and 1,3-di(4-pyridyl)propane (dpp). The photoluminescence properties of the complex have been exploited to use 1 as a dual detection probe for the selective sensing of Cu2+ and 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) in the aqueous phase from among a variety of cations and a pool of aromatic nitro compounds, respectively. Competitive fluorometric experiments involving mixtures of cations or nitro compounds established 1 as an efficient and selective sensor for both Cu2+ and TNT in aqueous solutions. The limits of detection for Cu2+ and TNT in aqueous solutions were found to be 1.05 and 49.9 μM, respectively. Additionally, the activity of complex 1 as a photocatalyst for degradation of rhodamine B has been investigated.

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The authors acknowledge financial assistance from National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos: 21501124 and 41603124), the program of Science and Technology Department of Sichuan Province (Nos. 2016JY0048, 2016GZ0172, 2017JY0194), the Education Committee of Sichuan Province (No. 18ZB0425, 18ZA0337), the Start-up Foundation of Sichuan University of Science and Engineering (No. 2017RCL02), and Student’s Platform for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Training Program in Sichuan Province (201710622066).

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Wu, Y., Gu, Z., Luo, W. et al. Crystal structure, luminescent sensing and photocatalytic activity of a multifunctional hydrazone-based zinc(II) coordination polymer. Transit Met Chem 43, 673–681 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11243-018-0256-y

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