Dual-Emitting N/S-Doped Carbon Dots-Based Ratiometric Fluorescent and Light Scattering Sensor for High Precision Detection of Fe(III) Ions


Precise and rapid sensing of Fe(III) under concerned facile conditions is important in environmental monitoring. Herein, a facile and label-free ratiometric sensor is constructed for selective determination of Fe(III) ions by coupling second-order scattering (SOS) and fluorescence. We were synthesized fluorescent N, S-doped carbon dots (N/S-CDs) via facile one-step hydrothermal treatment with an intensive fluorescence and a weak SOS signal and high quantum yield (32%). The fluorescence of N/S-CDs was quenched whereas the intensity of SOS was relatively increased by Fe(III) ions due to aggregation-induced fluorescence quenching or enhancement. Based on this effect, a novel fluorescent ratiometric probe with the combined fluorescence and SOS is proposed for the sensing of Fe(III) ions, and with the detection limit of 83 nM and linear range of 0.1–10 μM and 10–40 μM, respectively.

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Chen, Z., Xu, X., Meng, D. et al. Dual-Emitting N/S-Doped Carbon Dots-Based Ratiometric Fluorescent and Light Scattering Sensor for High Precision Detection of Fe(III) Ions. J Fluoresc (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10895-020-02571-6

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  • Fe(III) detection
  • N, S-doped carbon dots
  • Ratiometric fluorescent probe
  • Second-order scattering