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Triazole-Modified Calix[4]crown as a Novel Fluorescent On−Off Switchable Chemosensor

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posted on 02.04.2020, 16:27 by Kai-Chi Chang, In-Hao Su, Annamalai Senthilvelan, Wen-Sheng Chung
A novel fluorescent on−off switchable chemosensor 1 with two different types of cationic binding sites is synthesized, which is composed of a triazole-modified calix[4]crown in the 1,3-alternate conformation. Among 15 metal ions examined, the fluorescence of 1 was strongly quenched by Hg2+, Cu2+, Cr3+, and Pb2+; however, the revival of emission from the strongly quenched 1·Pb2+ complex was achievable by the addition of K+, Ba2+, or Zn2+ ions. Thus, metal ion exchange can trigger an on−off switchable fluorescent chemosensor.