Journal of Fluorescence

, Volume 18, Issue 5, pp 919–924 | Cite as

Highly Selective and Anions Controlled Fluorescent Sensor for Hg2+ in Aqueous Environment

  • Jianjun Du
  • Jiangli Fan
  • Xiaojun Peng
  • Honglin Li
  • Jingyun Wang
  • Shiguo Sun
Original Paper


A highly selective PET fluorescent sensor B1 for Hg2+ containing a BODIPY fluorophore and a NS2O2 penta-chelating receptor has been synthesized and characterized. Its absorption maximum wavelength (498 nm) and emission maximum wavelength (512 nm) are both in the visible range. The fluorescence quantum yields of the B1 and Hg2+-bound states of BHg1 are 0.008 and 0.58 in 70% aqueous ethanol solution, respectively. The pKa of 1.97 is the lowest in metal ions PET chemo sensors reported up till now as we know. Thus, B1 can detect the Hg2+ in a wide pH span, which indicates that it has more potential and further practical applications for biology and toxicology. Furthermore, BHg1 also displays response to some anions such as Cl(Br), \(CO_3^{2 - } \), SCN and CH3COO, which is attributed to the significant coordinating ability of these anions to Hg2+.


Mercury Sensor Fluorescence Anions 



This work was supported by the National Science Foundation of China (20376010 and 20472012,).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Fine ChemicalsDalian University of TechnologyDalianPeople’s Republic of China

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