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A dual-emissive fluorescent sensor fabricated by encapsulating quantum dots and carbon dots into metal–organic frameworks for the ratiometric detection of Cu2+ in tap water

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Abstract

A novel ratiometric fluorescent (RF) sensor was synthesized via a facile one-pot route by encapsulating quantum dots (QDs) and carbon dots (CDs) having good fluorescence properties into a zeolitic imidazolate framework (ZIF-8, one of the classical metal–organic frameworks). The as-synthesized QDs/CDs@ZIF-8 composite not only possessed the advantages of a RF sensor, but also accumulated target analytes strongly due to the adsorption ability of MOFs. The composite showed good stability and dispersibility in aqueous solution and was further applied to the detection of Cu2+ ions. The QDs/CDs@ZIF-8 composite that is used as a RF sensor exhibited excellent sensitivity and selectivity toward Cu2+. The linear range was 5–100 nM and the LOD was 1.53 nM (3σ/K). The QDs/CDs@ZIF-8 composite could be simply used for detecting Cu2+ in tap water.

Graphical abstract: A dual-emissive fluorescent sensor fabricated by encapsulating quantum dots and carbon dots into metal–organic frameworks for the ratiometric detection of Cu2+ in tap water

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The article was received on 06 May 2017, accepted on 26 Jul 2017 and first published on 27 Jul 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7TC01970J
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017,5, 8566-8571
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    A dual-emissive fluorescent sensor fabricated by encapsulating quantum dots and carbon dots into metal–organic frameworks for the ratiometric detection of Cu2+ in tap water

    Y. Ma, G. Xu, F. Wei, Y. Cen, Y. Ma, Y. Song, X. Xu, M. Shi, S. Muhammad and Q. Hu, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017, 5, 8566
    DOI: 10.1039/C7TC01970J

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