Furo[3,2-c]coumarin-derived Fe3+ Selective Fluorescence Sensor: Synthesis, Fluorescence Study and Application to Water Analysis

Sarih, Norfatirah Muhamad and Ciupa, Alexander and Moss, Stephen and Myers, Peter and Slater, Anna Grace and Abdullah, Zanariah and Tajuddin, Hairul Anuar and Maher, Simon (2020) Furo[3,2-c]coumarin-derived Fe3+ Selective Fluorescence Sensor: Synthesis, Fluorescence Study and Application to Water Analysis. Scientific Reports, 10 (1). p. 7421. ISSN 2045-2322, DOI https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-63262-7.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-63262-7


Furocoumarin (furo[3,2-c]coumarin) derivatives have been synthesized from single step, high yielding (82–92%) chemistry involving a 4-hydroxycoumarin 4 + 1 cycloaddition reaction. They are characterized by FTIR, 1H-NMR, and, for the first time, a comprehensive UV-Vis and fluorescence spectroscopy study has been carried out to determine if these compounds can serve as useful sensors. Based on the fluorescence data, the most promising furocoumarin derivative (2-(cyclohexylamino)-3-phenyl-4H-furo[3,2-c]chromen-4-one, FH), exhibits strong fluorescence (ФF = 0.48) with long fluorescence lifetime (5.6 ns) and large Stokes’ shift, suggesting FH could be used as a novel fluorescent chemosensor. FH exhibits a highly selective, sensitive and instant turn-off fluorescence response to Fe3+ over other metal ions which was attributed to a charge transfer mechanism. Selectivity was demonstrated against 13 other competing metal ions (Na+, K+, Mg2+, Ca2+, Mn2+, Fe2+, Al3+, Ni2+, Cu2+, Zn2+, Co2+, Pb2+ and Ru3+) and aqueous compatibility was demonstrated in 10% MeOH-H2O solution. The FH sensor coordinates Fe3+ in a 1:2 stoichiometry with a binding constant, Ka = 5.25 × 103 M−1. This novel sensor has a limit of detection of 1.93 µM, below that of the US environmental protection agency guidelines (5.37 µM), with a linear dynamic range of ~28 (~2–30 µM) and an R2 value of 0.9975. As an exemplar application we demonstrate the potential of this sensor for the rapid measurement of Fe3+ in mineral and tap water samples demonstrating the real-world application of FH as a “turn off” fluorescence sensor. © 2020, The Author(s).

Item Type: Article
Funders: University of Malaya, MyBrain15 (MyPhD), FRGS grant (FP070-2018A), Faculty Program - Research University Grant (GPF048B-2018), UMRG grant (RG340-15AFR), postgraduate grant (PG356-2016A), Materials Innovation Factory for access to FLS1000 and Cary 5000 instruments
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chemosensor 1; Rhodamine; Cupric Ion
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QD Chemistry
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Chemistry
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2020 03:49
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2020 03:49
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/25126

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