Ion sensing film optodes based on chromogenic calix[4]arene: application to the detection of Hg2+, Ni2+ and Eu3+ ions

Abstract : The development of sensors for the detection of transition metal ions has attracted a special attention because of the toxic impact of these elements on our environment. Due to their sensitivity, reliable, inexpensive and easy use for on site analysis, optical chemical sensors (optodes) have received an increasing attention for a rapid determination of toxic species in water. A new chromogenic calix[4]arene has been investigated on the basis of the high recognition properties of calixarenes associated to the optical response provided by their functionalization with a phenyl azo group. Thin tetrakis-(phenylazo) calix[4]arene amide derivative layers deposited on a glass suprasil substrate have been characterized by contact angle measurements showing a good surface coverage whereas a uniform morphology of the calixarene membrane in acetonitrile solvent was observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The ability of the tetrakis-(phenylazo) calix[4]arene amide derivative thin film to complex Hg2+, Ni2+ and Eu3+ ions have been demonstrated by the modification of the calixarenes main absorption band at 343 nm and appearance of a new absorption band at 500 nm upon addition of Eu3+. The different sensors could be regenerated with hydrochloric acid. The dynamic concentration range, ion selectivity, response time, repeatability and reproducibility are discussed. These results are suitable to the development of optodes for the detection of metal pollutants
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R. Ebdelli, A. Rouis, R. Mlika, I. Bonnamour, Nicole Jaffrezic-Renault, et al.. Ion sensing film optodes based on chromogenic calix[4]arene: application to the detection of Hg2+, Ni2+ and Eu3+ ions. Journal of Inclusion Phenomena and Macrocyclic Chemistry, Springer Verlag, 2012, 73 (1-4), pp.109-117. ⟨10.1007/s10847-011-0028-1⟩. ⟨hal-00879572⟩

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