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Assembly of N-hexadecyl-pyridinium-4-boronic acid hexafluorophosphate monolayer films with catechol sensing selectivity

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Abstract

The highly water insoluble N-hexadecyl-pyridinium-4-boronic acid hexafluorophosphate is synthesised and investigated for sensor applications. This amphiphilic molecule is immobilised by evaporation of an acetonitrile solution at a basal plane pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) electrode surface and is shown to provide a monolayer film. By varying the amount of deposit partial or full coverage can be achieved. The N-hexadecyl-pyridinium-4-boronic acid hexafluorophosphate monolayer acts as an active receptor for 1,2-dihydroxy-benzene (catechol) derivatives in aqueous media. The ability to bind alizarin red S is investigated and the Langmuirian binding constant determined as a function of pH. It is shown that the immobilised boronic acid monolayer acts as sensor film for a wider range of catechols. A comparison of Langmuirian binding constants for alizarin red S (1.4 × 105 mol−1 dm3), catechol (8.4 × 104 mol−1 dm3), caffeic acid (7.5 × 104 mol−1 dm3), dopamine (1.0 × 104 mol−1 dm3), and L-dopa (8 × 103 mol−1 dm3) reveals that a combination of hydrophobicity and electrostatic interaction causes considerable selectivity effects.

Graphical abstract: Assembly of N-hexadecyl-pyridinium-4-boronic acid hexafluorophosphate monolayer films with catechol sensing selectivity

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The article was received on 19 May 2010, accepted on 21 Jul 2010 and first published on 20 Aug 2010


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C0JM01510E
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 2010,20, 8305-8310
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    Assembly of N-hexadecyl-pyridinium-4-boronic acid hexafluorophosphate monolayer films with catechol sensing selectivity

    Y. Huang, Y. Jiang, J. S. Fossey, T. D. James and F. Marken, J. Mater. Chem., 2010, 20, 8305
    DOI: 10.1039/C0JM01510E

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