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Proton-Triggered Fluorescence Switching in Self-Exfoliated Ionic Covalent Organic Nanosheets for Applications in Selective Detection of Anions

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posted on 04.03.2020, 13:09 by Harpreet Singh, Manisha Devi, Nityasagar Jena, Mohamed Musthafa Iqbal, Yogendra Nailwal, Abir De Sarkar, Santanu Kumar Pal
The exfoliation of covalent organic frameworks into covalent organic nanosheets (CONs) not only helps to reduce fluorescence turn-off phenomena but also provides well-exposed active sites for fast response and recovery for various applications. The present work is an example of rational designing of a structure constructed by condensing triaminoguanidinium chloride (TGCl), an intrinsic ionic linker, with a fluorophore, 2, 5-dimethoxyterephthalaldehyde (DA), to produce highly fluorescent self-exfoliable ionic CONs (DATGCl-iCONs). These fluorescent iCONs are able to sense fluoride ions selectively down to the ppb level via the fluorescence turn-off mechanism. A closer look at the quenching mechanism via NMR, zeta potential measurement, lifetime measurement, and density functional theory calculations reveals unique proton-triggered fluorescence switching behavior of newly synthesized DATGCl-iCONs.