A novel “turn-on” dipyrrin-type fluorescent detector of Zn2+ based on tetraphenylethene

Yu Jie Dong, Zhengong Meng, Cheuk Lam Ho*, Wai Yeung Wong*

*Corresponding author for this work

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A tetraphenylethene-containing dipyrrin (TPEpy) has been synthesized and its photophysical properties and metal detecting properties have been investigated. TPEpy displays a high selectivity and sensitivity with a detection limit of 8.96 × 10−8 M for Zn2+ in aqueous media.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3305-3309
Number of pages5
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2017

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry

User-Defined Keywords

  • Aggregation-induced emission
  • Dipyrrin
  • Fluorescent detector
  • Tetraphenylethene


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