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An efficient fluorescence turn-on probe for Al3+ based on aggregation-induced emission

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Abstract

Aggregation-induced emission (AIE) dyes show different emission mechanism from traditional dyes, which were found to be nonluminescent in the solution state and emissive in the aggregate state, and have been well employed to design turn-on fluorescent probes for various targets. In this paper, we report for the first time a tetraphenylethylene-based AIE probe 1 for Al3+, which employed two diethylenetriamine units as the recognition ligand for Al3+. In the presence of Al3+, a large fluorescence enhancement was achieved for probe 1, which together with the low background fluorescence of free probe 1 allow for high sensitivity for Al3+, with a dynamic range from 2.0 × 10−6 to 1.1 × 10−5 M observed, and a detection limit of 5 × 10−7 M for Al3+. The proposed probe shows high selectivity to Al3+. UV-vis absorption spectra experiments and dynamic light scattering measurements were performed to verify the AIE sensing mechanism of probe 1. Moreover, a 1 : 1 stoichiometry was estimated for the 1–Al3+ complex via fluorescence Job's method.

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Submitted
06 Mar 2013
Accepted
14 May 2013
First published
15 May 2013

Anal. Methods, 2013,5, 3909-3914
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An efficient fluorescence turn-on probe for Al3+ based on aggregation-induced emission

T. Wei, J. Zhang, G. Mao, X. Zhang, Z. Ran, W. Tan and R. Yu, Anal. Methods, 2013, 5, 3909
DOI: 10.1039/C3AY40354H

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