What is it about?
A dual-emission ratiometric fluorescent probe CuNCs@Tb@UiO-66-(COOH)2 has been synthesized by one-pot encapsulation of Tb (III) ions and glutathione-stabilized copper nanoclusters into metal-organic frameworks UiO-66-(COOH)2. It shows excellent luminescence and good fluorescence stability in water. The ratiometric probe displays high sensitivity and good selectivity to Cu2+. The probe was successfully used in real water sample.
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Why is it important?
We developed a simple, one-pot process for the synthesis of a ratiometric fluorescence sensor for the detection of Cu2+. The sensor could be used in real water samples with good repeatability and recovery. This study provides a new perspective on the design of multifunctional ratiometric fluorescent sensors using the one-pot method with MOFs as support materials and provides an effective platform for the detection of heavy metal ions.
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This page is a summary of: One‐pot synthesis of copper nanocluster/Tb‐MOF composites for the ratiometric fluorescence detection of Cu
2+, Luminescence, August 2022, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/bio.4359.
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One-pot synthesis of copper nanocluster/Tb-MOF composites for the ratiometric fluorescence detection of Cu2+
The increasing degradation of ecosystems due to heavy metal residues has led to environment and food contamination, prompting the development of convenient platforms for monitoring heavy metals. Here, a new dual-emission fluorescent sensor CuNCs@Tb@UiO-66-(COOH)2 for the detection of copper ions (Cu2+) has been synthesized using one-pot encapsulation of Tb(III) and glutathione-stabilized copper nanoclusters (CuNCs) into metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) UiO-66-(COOH)2. In this ratiometric sensor, the fluorescence intensity of Tb3+ decreased significantly upon the addition of Cu2+, whereas that of CuNCs showed good stability, together with an apparent colour change. Therefore, ratiometric fluorescence detection of Cu2+ can be accomplished by measuring the ratio of the fluorescence intensity at the 450 nm (F450) wavelength of CuNCs to the 548 nm (F548) emission of Tb3+ in the fluorescence spectra of the CuNCs@Tb@UiO-66-(COOH)2 suspension. Moreover, the obtained fluorescent probe showed good results in the detection of actual samples. This work can provide the basis of method for the exploration of ratiometric fluorescence and visual sensors of trace pollutants analysis in complicated samples.
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