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Colorimetric and luminescent bifunctional Ru(II) complexes for rapid and highly sensitive recognition of cyanide.

Authors
  • Li, Mei-Jin
  • Lin, Zhihong
  • Chen, Xiudan
  • Chen, Guonan
Type
Published Article
Journal
Dalton Transactions
Publisher
The Royal Society of Chemistry
Publication Date
Aug 14, 2014
Volume
43
Issue
30
Pages
11745–11751
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1039/c4dt00231h
PMID: 24957248
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Four ruthenium(II) complexes, [Ru(bpy)2L1](PF6)2, [Ru(bpy)2L2](PF6)2, [Ru(dmb)2L1](PF6)2, and [Ru(dmb)2L2](PF6)2, where bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine, dmb = 4,4'-dimethyl-2,2'-bipyridine, L1 = 4-methyl-2,2'-bipyridine-4'-carboxaldehyde, and L2 = 4,4'-diformyl-2,2'-bipyridine, have been characterized for sensing cyanide based on the well-known formation of cyanohydrins. The structure of [Ru(dmb)2L2](PF6)2 is also determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction. Their cyanide anion binding properties in pure and aqueous acetonitrile solution were thoroughly examined by UV-Vis absorption and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. Upon the addition of cyanide to the solution of ruthenium(II) complexes at 298 K, a color change from orange to yellow and a luminescent variation from dark red to red-orange can be observed by the naked eye. The large blue shift of the absorption and emission spectra and significant enhancement of the emission intensity upon the addition of cyanide could be attributed to the formation of a cyanohydrin group by the selective reaction of the aldehyde group of the ruthenium(II) complexes with cyanide. Importantly, these kinds of ruthenium(II) complexes show a unique recognition of cyanide ions over other anions. The results reveal that this kind of ruthenium(II) complex containing an aldehyde group is an eligible sensor for cyanide anions.

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