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An efficient ICT-based ratio/colorimetric tripodal azobenzene probe for the recognition/discrimination of F−, AcO− and H2PO4− anions

Liao, Xian; Fang, Jun-An; Zhao, Jiang-Lin; Ruan, Qin; Zeng, Xi; Luo, Qing-Ying; Redshaw, Carl

Authors

Xian Liao

Jun-An Fang

Jiang-Lin Zhao

Qin Ruan

Xi Zeng

Qing-Ying Luo

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Professor Carl Redshaw C.Redshaw@hull.ac.uk
Professor of Inorganic Materials Chemistry and REF Lead for Chemistry



Abstract

The tripodal probe L was readily prepared via introducing rhodamine and azobenzene groups in a two-step procedure. Studies of the recognition properties indicated that probe L exhibited high sensitivity and selectivity towards F−, AcO− and H2PO4− through a ratiometric colorimetric response with low detection limits of the order of 10−7 M. The complexation behaviour was fully investigated by spectral titration, 1H NMR spectroscopic titration and mass spectrometry. Probe L not only recognizes F−, AcO− and H2PO4−, but can also distinguish between these three anions via the different ratiometric behaviour in their UV–vis spectra (387/505 nm for L-H2PO4−, 387/530 nm for L-AcO− and 387/575 nm for L-F− complex) or via different colour changes (light coral for L-H2PO4−, light pink for L-AcO− and violet for the L-F− complex). Additionally, given the presence of NH and OH groups in probe L, which can be protonated and deprotonated, probe L further exhibited an excellent pH response over a wide pH range (pH 3 to pH 12).

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 5, 2019
Journal Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Print ISSN 1386-1425
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 221
Article Number 117174
APA6 Citation Liao, X., Fang, J., Zhao, J., Ruan, Q., Zeng, X., Luo, Q., & Redshaw, C. (2019). An efficient ICT-based ratio/colorimetric tripodal azobenzene probe for the recognition/discrimination of F−, AcO− and H2PO4− anions. Spectrochimica acta. Part A, Molecular and biomolecular spectroscopy, 221, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.saa.2019.117174
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.saa.2019.117174
Keywords Tripodal azobenzene probe; Ratio/colorimetric; Recognition/discrimination; Anion; Instrumentation; Analytical Chemistry; Spectroscopy; Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
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