A visual and reversible assay for temperature using thioflavin T-doped lanthanide/nucleotide coordination polymers
In this work, we prepared a type of thioflavin T (ThT)-doped lanthanide/nucleotide coordination polymer by the self-assembly of ThT, europium ions (Eu3+) and nucleotides (guanosine monophosphate, GMP) in aqueous solution (i.e. ThT/Eu/GMP). The Eu/GMP coordination polymers show excellent adaptive inclusion properties for ThT in a convenient one-step approach, which can readily enhance the fluorescence of ThT via the restricted effect. Moreover, the as-prepared hydrophilic ThT/Eu/GMP coordination polymers have the capability to act as a temperature-sensitive, visual and reversible sensor in aqueous solution under the irradiation of visible light. Our proposed design is cost-effective and simple to prepare without chemical modification or fluorescence labeling.