Microchimica Acta

, 186:63 | Cite as

A gadolinium(III)-porphyrin based coordination polymer for colorimetric and fluorometric dual mode determination of ferric ions

  • Xi Chen
  • Yuru Wang
  • Xiuxiu Zhao
  • Binyuan Liu
  • Yang XuEmail author
  • Yige WangEmail author
Original Paper


A coordination polymer (CP) based nanoprobe is described for colorimetric and fluorometric (dual mode) determination of ferric ion. The method is making use of a nanosized Gd(III)−5,10,15,20-tetrakis(4-carboxyphenyl)porphyrin coordination polymer that was prepared by a single-step hydrothermal procedure. The nanoprobe is monodisperse and has uniform size and good water solubility. It also exhibits strong fluorescence and magnetic resonance response. On exposure to Fe(III), the color of the solution changes from red to brown as the concentration of Fe(III) exceed 5 μM. Similarly, the red fluorescence of the probe (with excitation/emission peaks at 420/675 nm) decreases as concentrations of Fe(III) increase from 0.5 to 100 μM. The limit of detection is 98 nM in the fluorometric mode. The assay was applied to the determination of Fe(III) in fetal bovine serum samples.

Graphical abstract

Schematic presentation of the synthesis and application of lanthanide-porphyrin based coordination polymer for ferric ion detection in colorimetric and fluorometric dual modes.


Metal-organic compound Gd-coordinated Colorimetry Fluorometry Fe3+ detection 


Funding sources

Financial support by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 21605036, 21771050), the Natural Science Foundation of Hebei Province (Nos. B2017202068, B2017202048) and the Educational Committee of Hebei Province (No. QN2016172) is acknowledged.

Compliance with ethical standards

The author(s) declare that they have no competing interests.

Supplementary material

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Chemical Engineering and TechnologyHebei University of TechnologyTianjinChina
  2. 2.School of Environment Science & EngineeringHebei University of Science and TechnologyShijiazhuangChina

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