A Pyrene-Based Fluorescent Sensor for Zn2+ ions: A Molecular 'Butterfly'
Chemistry and Biochemistry
A simple pyrene-based triazole receptor has been synthesised and shown to self-assemble in the presence of ZnCl2 in an exclusively 2 : 1 ratio, whereas a mixture of 2 : 1 and 1 : 1 ratios are observed for other Zn2+ salts. The pyrene units are syn in orientation; this is supported by a strong excimer signal observed at 410 nm in the presence of ZnCl2 in acetonitrile. DFT calculations and 2D NMR support the proposed structure.
Cragg, P. J.,
Wallace, K. J.
(2011). A Pyrene-Based Fluorescent Sensor for Zn2+ ions: A Molecular 'Butterfly'. Chemical Communications, 47(31), 8796-8798.
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