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A novel ferrocenyl–naphthalimide as a multichannel probe for the detection of Cu(II) and Hg(II) in aqueous media and living cells

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Abstract

A novel ferrocenyl–naphthalimide multichannel probe 1 was designed and synthesized using a facile method. The color of the solution containing probe 1 changed from yellow to colorless upon the addition of Cu2+ or Hg2+. Interestingly, probe 1 exhibited highly selective fluorescent turn-on for Cu2+ and turn-off for Hg2+ in aqueous solution. Probe 1 was an electrochemical Cu2+ and Hg2+ ion sensor, in which the Fc/Fc+ redox couple was significantly shifted (ΔE1/2 = 178 mV and ΔE1/2 = 53 mV, respectively) upon complexation. Therefore, probe 1 can act as a naked-eye chemosensor, as well as an electrochemical and a fluorescent probe for Cu2+ and Hg2+. Furthermore, this is the first reported probe that can be used for the bifunctional fluorescent detection of intracellular Cu2+ and Hg2+ by fluorescent imaging studies. These characteristics give this probe considerable potential in the study and analysis of Cu2+ and Hg2+ in complex biosystems.

Graphical abstract: A novel ferrocenyl–naphthalimide as a multichannel probe for the detection of Cu(ii) and Hg(ii) in aqueous media and living cells

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The article was received on 23 Oct 2017, accepted on 06 Dec 2017 and first published on 07 Dec 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7DT03982D
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2018,47, 314-322
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    A novel ferrocenyl–naphthalimide as a multichannel probe for the detection of Cu(II) and Hg(II) in aqueous media and living cells

    J. Dong, J. Hu, H. Baigude and H. Zhang, Dalton Trans., 2018, 47, 314
    DOI: 10.1039/C7DT03982D

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