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Fluorescent optical fibre chemosensor for the detection of mercury

Nguyen, T.H. ORCID: 0000-0003-2250-3832, Wren, S., Sun, T. ORCID: 0000-0003-3861-8933 & Grattan, K. T. V. ORCID: 0000-0003-2250-3832 (2016). Fluorescent optical fibre chemosensor for the detection of mercury. Proceedings of SPIE 10013, SPIE BioPhotonics Australasia, 10013, article number 100131U. doi: 10.1117/12.2243054


This work aims to develop a stable, compact and portable fibre optic sensing system which is capable of real time detection of the mercury ion (II), Hg2+. A novel fluorescent polymeric material for Hg2+ detection, based on a coumarin derivative (acting as the fluorophore) and an azathia crown ether moiety (acting as the mercury ion receptor), has been designed and synthesized. The material was covalently attached to the distal end of an optical fibre and exhibited a significant increase in fluorescence intensity in response to Hg2+ in the μM concentration range via a photoinduced electron transfer (PET) mechanism. The sensor has also demonstrated a high selectivity for Hg2+ over other metal ions. A washing protocol was identified for sensor regeneration, allowing the probe to be re-used. The approach developed in this work can also be used for the preparation of sensors for other heavy metals.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), 2016. One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic reproduction and distribution, duplication of any material in this publication for a fee or for commercial purposes, and modification of the contents of the publication are prohibited.
Publisher Keywords: Optical fiber sensor; chemosensor; mercury sensor; fluorescent sensor; photoinduced electron transfer
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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