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Bis-Triazole-Appended Azobenzene Chromophore for Selective Sensing of Copper(II) Ion

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posted on 2011-07-06, 00:00 authored by Elango Hrishikesan, Chinnusamy Saravanan, Palaninathan Kannan
A Cu2+-specific colorimetric sensor of bis-triazole-appended azobenzene receptors I and II was designed and synthesized. Receptor II shows high selectivity toward Cu2+ in acetonitrile/water (80:20, v/v) solution based on the internal charge transfer (ICT) mechanism. The tridentate coordination behavior was proposed with 1:1 stoichiometry between receptor II and Cu2+. Herein, the Cu2+ gives rise to a large change in the absorption spectra (from red to pale yellow) that is clearly visible to the naked eye.

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