Highly selective detection of 2,4,6-trinitrophenol by using newly developed terbium-doped blue carbon dots†
The detection of nitroaromatic explosives is of great importance owing to their strong explosive power and harmfulness in terms of the environment, homeland security and public safety. Herein, rare earth-doped carbon dots with multifunctional features were firstly prepared by simply keeping the mixture of terbium(III) nitrate pentahydrate and citric acid at 190 °C for 30 min. The as-prepared terbium doped carbon dots (Tb-CDs), through a rapid and simple direct carbonization route, have a size of about 3 nm, and exhibit excitation wavelength dependent emission of blue fluorescence, are stable, and can be applied for the selective and colorimetric detection of 2,4,6-trinitrophenol (TNP) in the range of 500 nM–100 μM with a limit of detection of 200 nM based on the inner filtering effect (IFE) of the excitation and emission bands of Tb-CDs by TNP and the electron transfer (ET) from Tb-CDs to TNP, giving a precise and highly reproducible result for detecting complex water samples.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Carbon and graphene in analytical science