A Highly Selective and Sensitive Fluorescent Sensor for Copper(II) Ion Characterized by One Dichlorofluorescein Moiety and Two Azathia-Crown Ether

Yuzhu Jiang1, Zhong Huang2, Huajun Dai1, Lihua Wang1, Liu Ying1 and Xingming Kou1,*

1College of Chemistry, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, P.R. China

2Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang, Sichuan 621900, P.R. China

*Corresponding author: Fax: +8685412291; Tel: +13980995879; E-mail: kouxm@scu.edu.cn


A new fluorescent sensor 1, which functionalized with one dichlorofluorescein moiety as fluorogenic signaling subunit and two azathia-crown ether macrocyclic as binding site was designed, synthesized and characterized. It was found that sensor 1 can selectively recognize Cu2+ by a remarkable emission quenching in DMSO-H2O (1:1, v/v), which was attributed to the 1:2 complex formation between 1 and Cu2+, while other ion including K+, Na+, Mg2+, Zn2+, Ba2+, Co2+, Ca2+, Fe2+, Fe3+, Pb2+, Pb2+, Ni2+ and Ag+ induced no or much small fluorescence changes. In addition, the sensor 1 exihibited a rapid, stable and linear response to Cu2+ in the concentration range from 5 × 10-7 to 1 × 10-5 mol L-1 with a detection limit as low as 8.7 × 10-8 mol L-1. Furthermore, the sensor 1 was applied to practical determination of Cu2+ in different water samples with satisfactory results.


Fuorescent probe, Azathia-crown ether, Dichlorofluorescein, Copper ion, Fluorescence quenching.

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