A highly sensitive and selective fluorescent chemosensor for the sequential recognition of Zn2+ and S2− in living cells and aqueous media

Jin Yeong Yun, Tae Geun Jo, Jiyeon Han, Hyo Jung Jang, Mi Hee Lim, Cheal Kim

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Abstract

A new highly selective chemosensor 1 (E)-5-((2-hydroxybenzylidene)amino)-1H-imidazole-4-carboxamide was designed and synthesized for the sequential recognition of Zn2+ and S2− in a near-perfect aqueous media. The sensor 1 exhibited a green color fluorescence in the presence of Zn2+. The detection limit (1.18 μM) of 1 for Zn2+ is much lower than World Health Organization guideline (76 μM) in drinking water. 1 can detect and quantify Zn2+ in real water samples and the sensing mechanism of Zn2+ by 1 was explained by DFT calculations. Moreover, resulting 1-Zn2+ complex can detect hydrogen sulfide through turn-off fluorescent change, without any anion interference. The detection limit (2.60 μM) of 1-Zn2+ complex for S2− was much lower than EPA guideline (7.8 mM) by odor in drinking water. Furthermore, sensor 1 could detect sequentially Zn2+ and S2− in living cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3108-3116
Number of pages9
JournalSensors and Actuators, B: Chemical
Volume255
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2018

Keywords

  • Cell imaging
  • Fluorescence
  • Sequential detection
  • Sulfide
  • Theoretical calculations
  • Zinc

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