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Fluorimetric naphthalimide-based polymer logic beads responsive to acidity and oxidisability

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Molecular logic gates were synthesised and surface immobilised onto TentaGel® MB-NH2 (amino terminal functionalised polyethylene glycol ligands on polystyrene beads). Four naphthalimide-based tagged polymer solid beads are demonstrated expressing two-input H+, Fe3+-driven PASS 1, TRANSFER (H+) and AND Boolean logic functions. The photophysical properties of the model molecular compounds were studied by UV-visible absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy in 1 : 1 (v/v) methanol/water. TD-DFT calculations of the molecular Pourbaix sensors give insight into the mechanistic details of fluorescence modulation controlled by internal charge transfer (ICT) and photoinduced electron transfer (PET). Both colour and fluorescence emission can be used to distinguish the heterogeneous polymer beads. Stimulated by H+ and/or an oxidant input(s) we demonstrate blue emitting two-input H+, Fe3+-driven PASS 1, and green emitting H+, Fe3+-driven two-input TRANSFER (H+) and H+, Fe3+-driven two-input AND tagged solid beads.

Graphical abstract: Fluorimetric naphthalimide-based polymer logic beads responsive to acidity and oxidisability

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The article was received on 09 Oct 2019, accepted on 13 Nov 2019 and first published on 20 Nov 2019


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C9TC05545B
J. Mater. Chem. C, 2019,7, 15225-15232

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    Fluorimetric naphthalimide-based polymer logic beads responsive to acidity and oxidisability

    M. V. Refalo, N. V. Farrugia, A. D. Johnson, S. Klejna, K. Szaciłowski and D. C. Magri, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2019, 7, 15225
    DOI: 10.1039/C9TC05545B

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