A reaction-based luminescent switch-on sensor for the detection of OH- ions in simulated wastewater

Chun Wu, Kasipandi Vellaisamy, Guanjun Yang, Zhen Zhen Dong, Chung Hang Leung, Jin Biao Liu, Edmond Dik Lung MA*

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A series of luminescent iridium(iii) complexes were synthesized and evaluated for their ability to interact with hydroxide ions in semi-aqueous media at ambient temperature. Upon the addition of OH-, a nucleophilic aromatic substitution reaction takes place at the bromine groups of the N^N ligand of complex 1, resulting in the generation of a yellow-green luminescence. Complex 1 showed a 35-fold enhanced emission at pH 14 when compared to neutral pH, and the detection limit for OH- ions was 4.96 μM. Complex 1 exhibited high sensitivity and selectivity, long-lived luminescence and impressive stability. Additionally, we have demonstrated the practical application of complex 1 to detect OH- ions in simulated wastewater.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6677-6682
Number of pages6
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry


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