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A novel and ultrasensitive yellow to taupe brown colorimetric sensing and removal method for Hg(ii) based on the thermosensitive poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) stabilized silver nanoparticles

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Abstract

Many colorimetric sensors based on noble metal nanoparticles for the detection of mercury ion (Hg2+) have attracted widespread interest from academia in recent years. A critical issue is how to realize the detection of Hg2+ with high sensitivity and selectivity. A novel colorimetric sensor based on AgNPs stabilized by linear thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) (PNIPAm) was developed for the application of detecting Hg2+ with a color change from yellow to taupe brown due to the formation of Ag–Hg core–shell nanoparticles. The AgNP/PNIPAm sensor exhibited good selectivity and high sensitivity (LOD = 75 nM) with a good linear relationship not only in the ultrapure water (R2 = 0.9903) but also in the tap water (R2 = 0.9905). More importantly, based on the thermosensitivity of PNIPAm, this sensor could also achieve the separation of Ag–Hg composites with enriching efficiencies of 97.60% and 95.40% for Ag and Hg, respectively, which can avoid serious secondary pollution. Therefore, this dual-functional nanocomposite has important potential implications in the detection and separation of Hg2+.

Graphical abstract: A novel and ultrasensitive yellow to taupe brown colorimetric sensing and removal method for Hg(ii) based on the thermosensitive poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) stabilized silver nanoparticles

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The article was received on 31 Jul 2019, accepted on 07 Sep 2019 and first published on 09 Sep 2019


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C9NJ03955D
New J. Chem., 2019,43, 15879-15885

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    A novel and ultrasensitive yellow to taupe brown colorimetric sensing and removal method for Hg(II) based on the thermosensitive poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) stabilized silver nanoparticles

    C. Zhu, J. Bian, Y. Li, J. Liu, X. Liu, X. Gao, G. Li and Y. Liu, New J. Chem., 2019, 43, 15879
    DOI: 10.1039/C9NJ03955D

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