Department of Chemistry
A highly selective and non-reaction based chemosensor for the detection of Hg2+ ions using a luminescent iridium(III) complex
We report herein a novel luminescent iridium(III) complex with two hydrophobic carbon chains as a non-reaction based chemosensor for the detection of Hg2+ ions in aqueous solution (<0.002% of organic solvent attributed to the probe solution). Upon the addition of Hg2+ ions, the emission intensity of the complex was significantly enhanced and this change could be monitored by the naked eye under UV irradiation. The iridium(III) complex shows high specificity for Hg2+ ions over eighteen other cations. The system is capable of detecting micromolar levels of Hg2+ ions, which is within the range of many chemical systems. © 2013 Chan, et al.
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Public Library of Science
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Chan, D., Fu, W., Wang, M., Liu, L., Leung, C., & Ma, D. (2013). A highly selective and non-reaction based chemosensor for the detection of Hg2+ ions using a luminescent iridium(III) complex. PLoS ONE, 8 (3). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0060114