Efficient fluorescent recognition of carboxylates in aqueous media using facilely electrosynthesized poly(9-aminofluorene).

TitleEfficient fluorescent recognition of carboxylates in aqueous media using facilely electrosynthesized poly(9-aminofluorene).
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsZhang G, Wen Y, Li Y, Xu J, Guo C, Lu B, Zhu D
JournalJournal of fluorescence
Volume23
Issue5
Pagination1053-63
Date Published2013 Sep
Abstract

A variety of carboxylates were recognized using poly(9-aminofluorene) (P9AF) in the HEPES buffer (pH 7.4), and a proposed possible mechanism was proposed as following. The intermolecular hydrogen bonding interactions resulted in electron transfer between P9AF and carboxylates. P9AF was facilely electrosynthesized in boron trifluoride diethyl etherate and could be used as an efficient fluorescent sensing material for the detection of AcO(-). On binding to AcO(-), fluorescence quenching of P9AF was demonstrated by a maximum 80% reduction in the fluorescence intensity, while no obvious fluorescence change could be observed in the presence of some other common anions. Some different carboxylates could be recognized at different levels by P9AF. Substituent groups in carboxylates could affect the intermolecular interaction between carboxylates and P9AF. These could be explained by a possible mechanism that hydrogen bonding was the main way of intermolecular interactions between P9AF and carboxylates, which was further confirmed by absorption spectra monitoring and density functional calculations. The significant advantage of this strategy is that it does not require a prequenching procedure and the polymer can be used directly for analyte detection.

DOI10.3324/haematol.2012.081083
Alternate JournalJ Fluoresc