Lichun Zhang

Sichuan University, Hua-yang, Sichuan, China

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  • Sensors and Actuators B Chemical 10/2014; 201:413-419. · 3.84 Impact Factor
  • Shuguang Yan, Lichun Zhang, Yurong Tang, Yi Lv
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    ABSTRACT: Ag2Se quantum dots (QDs) have attracted a lot of interest due to their potential applications in biosensing and bioimaging. A strategy is presented that involves coupling of selenium powder reduction with the binding of silver ions, and thioglycollic acid (TGA) and glycine as stabilizers to obtain ultrasmall Ag2Se QDs at 85 °C in aqueous solution. This strategy avoids high temperatures, high pressures and organic solvents so that water-soluble 3 nm Ag2Se QDs can be directly obtained. The conjugation of ConA to TGA stabilized Ag2Se QDs by hydrogen bonds leads to the adsorption of ConA to Ag2Se QDs and forms the aggregation and leads to the generation of resonance Rayleigh scattering (RRS) as a readout signal for the sensing events. The reaction mechanism of Ag2Se QD RRS enhancement is studied in this work. The resulting RRS sensor enables the detection of ConA with limit of detection reaching 0.08 μg mL(-1) concentration in a wide linear range from 0.27 μg mL(-1) to 35 μg mL(-1). The recovery of spiked ConA in human serum samples ranges from 94% to 106%. The relative standard deviation (RSD) for eleven replicate detections is 3.6%. Our results correlate many important experimental observations and will fuel the further growth of this field.
    The Analyst 06/2014; · 4.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A facile one-step microwave-assisted approach for the preparation of strong fluorescent carbon nitride quantum dots (g-CNQDs) by using guanidine hydrochloride and EDTA as the precursors was developed. Strong chemiluminescence (CL) emission was observed when NaClO was injected into the prepared g-CNQDs and a novel CL system for in direct detection of free chlorine was established. Free residual chlorine in water was sensitively detected with a detection limit of 0.01 μM and had a very wide detection range of 0.02 μM to 10 μM. Based on CL spectral, UV-visible absorption spectral, and electron spin resonance (ESR) spectral studies, as well as investigations on the effects of various free radical scavengers, a possible CL mechanism was proposed. It was suggested that the radiative recombination of oxidant-injected holes and electrons in the g-CNQDs accounted for the CL emission. Meanwhile, 1O2 on the surface of g-CNQDs, generated from some reactive oxygen species in the g-CNQDs-NaClO system, could transfer energy to g-CNQDs and thus further enhanced the CL emission. The CL system is highly sensitive and differentiable, opening a new field for the development of novel CL emitting species, but also expanding the conventional optical utilizations of g-CNQDs.
    Analytical Chemistry 03/2014; · 5.82 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In this paper, a novel and simple colorimetric method for the determination of glutathione (GSH) was developed. The BSA–MnO2 NPs possess oxidase-like activity that can catalyze the oxidization of 3,3′,5,5′-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB), and the existence of GSH can cause reduction of oxidized TMB along with a visual color variation. A good linear relationship can be obtained from 0.26 to 26 μM with a limit of detection of 0.1 μM. Furthermore, the good recoveries for serum samples indicated that the present colorimetric methodology was feasible, simple and sensitive, with a promising application in routine analysis of biosamples.
    New Journal of Chemistry 06/2013; 37(7):2174-2178. · 3.16 Impact Factor
  • Dongli Deng, Hao Deng, Lichun Zhang, Yingying Su
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    ABSTRACT: A simple and rapid capillary electrophoresis method was developed for the separation and determination of ephedrine (E) and pseudoephedrine (PE) in a buffer solution containing 80 mM of NaH2PO4 (pH 3.0), 15 mM of β-cyclodextrin and 0.3% of hydroxypropyl methylcellulose. The field-amplified sample injection (FASI) technique was applied to the online concentration of the alkaloids. With FASI in the presence of a low conductivity solvent plug (water), an approximately 1,000-fold improvement in sensitivity was achieved without any loss of separation efficiency when compared to conventional sample injection. Under these optimized conditions, a baseline separation of the two analytes was achieved within 16 min and the detection limits for E and PE were 0.7 and 0.6 µg/L, respectively. Without expensive instruments or labeling of the compounds, the limits of detection for E and PE obtained by the proposed method are comparable with (or even lower than) those obtained by capillary electrophoresis laser-induced fluorescence, liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. The method was validated in terms of precision, linearity and accuracy, and successfully applied for the determination of the two alkaloids in Ephedra herbs.
    Journal of chromatographic science 04/2013; · 0.79 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Water-soluble and luminescent ZnO quantum dots (QDs) capped by (3-aminopropyl) triethoxysilane (APTES) are environment-friendly with strong photoluminescence (max. wavelength: 530nm). Interestingly, it was found that the fluorescence could be quenched by dopamine (DA) directly. On the basis of above, a novel ZnO QDs based fluorescent probe has been successfully designed to detect DA with high selectivity and sensitivity. Moreover, the possible fluorescence quenching mechanism was proposed, which showed that the quenching effect may be caused by the electron transfer from ZnO QDs to oxidized dopamine-quinone. Under optimum conditions, the relative fluorescence intensity was linearly proportional to the concentration of DA within the range from 0.05 to 10μM, with the detection limit down to 12nM (n=3). Also, the selectivity experiment indicated the probe had a high selectivity for DA over a number of possible interfering species. Finally, this method was successfully used to detect DA in serum samples with quantitative recoveries (99-110%). With excellent selectivity and high sensitivity, it is believed that the ZnO QDs based fluorescent probe has a potential for the practical application in clinical analysis.
    Talanta 03/2013; 107C:133-139. · 3.50 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We report a facile one-pot sonochemical approach to preparing highly water-soluble Ag nanoclusters (NCs) using bovine serum albumin as a stabilizing agent and reducing agent in aqueous solution. Intensive electrogenerated chemiluminescence (ECL) was observed from the as-prepared Ag (NCs) and successfully applied for the ECL detection of dopamine with high sensitivity and a wide detection range. A possible ECL mechanism is proposed for the preparation of Ag NCs. With this method, the dopamine concentration was determined in the range of 8.3 × 10(-9) to 8.3 × 10(-7) mol/L without the obvious interference of uric acid, ascorbic acid and some other neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, epinephrine and norepinephrine, and the detection limit was 9.2 × 10(-10) mol/L at a signal/noise ratio of 3. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
    Luminescence 02/2013; · 1.27 Impact Factor
  • Qi Wang, Xing Liu, Lichun Zhang, Yi Lv
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    ABSTRACT: Carbon nanodots (C-Dots) as a new form of carbonaceous nanomaterials have aroused much interest and intensive research due to their inspiring properties. Compared to traditional semiconductor quantum dots, these newly emergent nanodots possess a number of advantageous characteristics, among which low-toxicity is particularly fascinating. More and more research into C-Dots have focused on synthesis methods and biology-related applications. Microwave-assisted approaches have attracted attention because microwave treatment can provide intensive and efficient energy, and as a consequence shorten the reaction time. In this article, we designed a "green", rapid, eco-friendly and waste-reused approach to synthesize fluorescent and water-soluble C-Dots from eggshell membrane (ESM) ashes according to a microwave-assisted process. ESM selected as the carbon source was a common protein-rich waste in daily life and can be obtained easily and cheaply. The C-Dots from our method showed the maximal fluorescence emission peak at 450 nm and the fluorescence quantum yield was about 14%. We further designed a sensitive probe for glutathione based on the fluorescence turn off and on of the C-Dots-Cu(2+) system, which showed a linear range of 0.5-80 μmol L(-1) and detection limit of 0.48 μmol L(-1). In general, the C-Dots prepared briefly and inexpensively from ESM revealed excellent fluorescent property with promising potential for applications such as sample detection and biotechnology.
    The Analyst 10/2012; 137(22):5392-7. · 4.23 Impact Factor
  • Spectroscopy Letters 10/2012; 45(7):511-519. · 0.67 Impact Factor
  • Pingyang Cai, Hongjie Song, Lichun Zhang, Yi Lv
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    ABSTRACT: In the present work, ZnO hierarchical microspheres were synthesized by hydrothermal methods in the sodium dodecyl sulfate-N,N-dimethyl-formamide-thiourea (SDS-DMF-thiourea) system. XRD, SEM, TEM, and N2 adsorption measurements were used to characterize the prepared ZnO materials. Compared with ZnO nanoparticles (ZnO NPs), the as-prepared ZnO hierarchical microspheres (ZnO HMs) exhibit a better cataluminescence (CTL) response to ethanol. The response and recovery time of the home-made ethanol gas sensor with zinc oxide hierarchical microspheres as sensing materials were about 5 s and 25 s, respectively. The linear dependence of the sensitivity on the ethanol concentration was observed in the range of 4–400 ppm with excellent selectivity. These results indicated that ZnO hierarchical microspheres would be a good candidate for fabricating practical cataluminescence ethanol sensor.
    Sensors and Actuators B Chemical 10/2012; 173:93–99. · 3.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Well-redispersed ceria nanoparticles (CeO2 NPs) were synthesized by a simple hydrothermal method. The prepared CeO2 NPs exhibited excellent catalytic activity towards classical peroxidase substrate 3,3,5,5-tetramethylbiphenyl dihydrochloride (TMB·2HCl) in the presence of H2O2, based on which a colorimetric method that is highly sensitive and selective was developed for glucose detection. The composition, structure, morphology and peroxidase-like catalytic activity of CeO2 NPs are investigated in detail by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FT-IR), thermal analysis (TG) and UV-vis absorption spectroscopy. According to this method, the detection of H2O2 and glucose are in linear range from 6.0 × 10−7 to 1.5 × 10−6 mol L−1 and 6.6 × 10−6 to 1.3 × 10−4 mol L−1, with the detection limit down to 5.0 × 10−7 mol L−1 H2O2 and 3.0 × 10−6 mol L−1 glucose, respectively. Further, this simple, cheap, highly sensitive and selective colorimetric method for glucose detection was successfully applied for the determination of glucose in human serum samples.
    Analytical methods 09/2012; 4(10):3261-3267. · 1.86 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In the present work, In2O3 hierarchical hollow microsphere and flower-like microstructure were achieved controllably by a hydrothermal process in the sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS)-N,N-dimethyl-formamide (DMF) system. XRD, SEM, HRTEM and N2 adsorption measurements were used to characterize the as-prepared indium oxide materials and the possible mechanism for the microstructures formation was briefly discussed. The cataluminescence gas sensor based on the as-prepared In2O3 was utilized to detect H2S concentrations in flowing air. Comparative gas sensing results revealed that the sensor based on hierarchical hollow microsphere exhibited much higher sensing sensitivity in detecting H2S gas than the sensor based on flower-like microstructure. The present gas sensor had a fast response time of 5 s and a recovery time of less than 25 s, furthermore, the cataluminescence intensity vs. H2S concentration was linear in range of 2–20 μg mL−1 with a detection limit of 0.5 μg mL−1. The present highly sensitive, fast-responding, and low-cost In2O3-based gas sensor for H2S would have many practical applications.
    Materials Research Bulletin 09/2012; 47(9):2212–2218. · 1.97 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Inorganic nanomaterials that mimic enzymes are fascinating as they potentially have improved properties relative to native enzymes, such as greater resistance to extremes of pH and temperature and lower sensitivity to proteases. Although many artificial enzymes have been investigated, searching for highly-efficient and stable catalysts is still of great interest. In this paper, we first demonstrated that bovine serum albumin (BSA)-stabilized MnO(2) nanoparticles (NPs) exhibited highly peroxidase-, oxidase-, and catalase-like activities. The activities of the BSA-MnO(2) NPs were evaluated using the typical horseradish peroxidase (HRP) substrates o-phenylenediamine (OPD) and 3,3',5,5'-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB) in the presence of either hydrogen peroxide or dissolved oxygen. These small-sized BSA-MnO(2) NPs with good dispersion, solubility and biocompatibility exhibited typical Michaelis-Menten kinetics and high affinity for H(2)O(2), OPD and TMB, indicating that BSA-MnO(2) NPs can be used as satisfactory enzyme mimics. Based on these findings, BSA-MnO(2) NPs were used as colorimetric immunoassay tags for the detection of goat anti-human IgG in place of HRP. The colorimetric immunoassay using BSA-MnO(2) NPs has the advantages of being fast, robust, inexpensive, easily prepared and with no HRP and H(2)O(2) being needed. These water-soluble BSA-MnO(2) NPs may have promising potential applications in biotechnology, bioassays, and biomedicine.
    The Analyst 08/2012; 137(19):4552-8. · 4.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The present study outlines a one-step route to the preparation and functionalization of graphene nanosheets from graphene oxide using tea polyphenols as a simultaneous reductant and functionalization reagent. This method uses a “green” reductant and is free of additional functionalization reagents, thus it is environmentally friendly, simple, and low-cost. The resulting functionalized graphene nanosheets have a mostly single-layer structure, are stable, and have very good water dispersibility. The structure, composition, and morphology of the resulting material were characterized by using various methods including, X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV/Vis spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, detailed X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Among other possible applications of the functionalized graphene, we discuss its use as an adsorbent for heavy-metal ions in aqueous solutions.
    ChemPlusChem 05/2012; 77(5).
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    ABSTRACT: In this work, antibody goat anti-human IgG as a scaffold was employed for the synthesis and biofunctionalization of HgS nanoparticles (NPs) via a facile one-pot process. After a complete sandwich-type immunoreaction among primary antibody, human IgG and secondary antibody labeled with HgS NPs, a large number of mercury ions released from captured HgS NPs dissolution were quantitatively detected by chemical vapor generation atomic fluorescence spectrometry (CVG-AFS). Taking advantage of the signal amplification property of HgS NPs and the high sensitivity of CVG-AFS, the assay detected human IgG with a limit of detection (S/N = 3) of 0.6 ng mL(-1) (4.0 fmol mL(-1) or 0.4 fmol) and the response was linear over a dynamic range from 1.0 to 5.0 × 10(4) ng mL(-1) with a correlation coefficient of 0.996. A relative standard deviation (RSD) of 1.0 × 10(2) ng mL(-1) human IgG was 1.5% for within-batch (intra-assay) and 4.5% for between-batch (inter-assay). Other proteins, such as goat anti-rabbit IgG, goat anti-human IgG, rabbit anti-human IgG, carcinoembryonic (CEA), α-fetoprotein (AFP), human serum albumin (HSA) and bovine serum albumin (BSA) did not significantly interfere with the assay for human IgG. The analytical result of HgS NPs with AFS-based immunoassay technology for the quantification of human IgG in human serum from patients is in good agreement with the result obtained by conventional immunoturbidimetric method. The consequence shows that the novel immunosensor possessed satisfactory precision, extremely high sensitivity, high selectivity and could be applied for the quantification analysis of real samples.
    The Analyst 03/2012; 137(6):1473-80. · 4.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: SiO(2)/graphene composite was prepared through a simple two-step reaction, including the preparation of SiO(2)/graphene oxide and the reduction of graphene oxide (GO). The composite was characterized by UV-Vis spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscope, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and what is more, the adsorption behavior of as-synthesized SiO(2)/graphene composite was investigated. It was interestingly found that the composite shows high efficiency and high selectivity toward Pb(II) ion. The maximum adsorption capacity of SiO(2)/graphene composite for Pb(II) ion was found to be 113.6 mg g(-1), which was much higher than that of bare SiO(2) nanoparticles. The results indicated that SiO(2)/graphene composite with high adsorption efficiency and fast adsorption equilibrium can be used as a practical adsorbent for Pb(II) ion.
    Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 12/2011; 369(1):381-7. · 3.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Y(2)O(3) dumbbells, microspheres, and nanosheets were synthesized by a facile hydrothermal procedure followed by calcination. Electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and N(2) adsorption measurements were used to characterize the yttrium oxide microstructures. On the basis of a time-dependent study of nanostructure evolution and the effect of other processing parameters, a kinetic "homogeneous nucleation-self assembly-anisotropic growth" mechanism is proposed to explain the growth of these microstructures under hydrothermal conditions. The sensitivity of as-prepared Y(2)O(3) structures to a series of gaseous chemicals was examined by using a homemade cataluminescence sensing system. The designed cataluminescence sensor based on the yttrium oxide dumbbells shows good sensing performance for 16 common volatile organic compounds.
    Chemistry - A European Journal 06/2011; 17(25):7105-11. · 5.93 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Graphene sheets decorated with SnO2nanoparticles were prepared through a facile hydrothermal-assisted in situ synthesis route. According to the XPS, XRD, FESEM and TEM analysis, rutile SnO2 nanocrystals were exclusively deposited on graphene sheets with high density and high uniformity to form layered composite sheets. Propanal, a common volatile organic compound, was selected as a model to investigate the cataluminescence (CTL) sensing properties of the SnO2/graphene composite in this paper. It was found that the strong CTL emission could be generated due to the catalyzing oxidization of propanal on the surface of SnO2/graphene composite and this composite was an efficient sensing material for propanal. We further studied the analytical characteristics of the CTL sensor based on SnO2/graphene composite sensing material for propanal under the optimal experimental conditions. The linear range of the propanal gas sensor was 1.34–266.67 μg mL−1 (r = 0.9987), over two orders of magnitude, and the detection limit was 0.3 μg mL−1(S/N = 3).
    Journal of Materials Chemistry 04/2011; 21(16):5972-5977. · 6.63 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In this paper, we presented a carbon tetrachloride gas sensor with strong cataluminescence response based on Ag2Se nanomaterial, which was synthesized via the electrodeposition on the surface of Al foil by directly using a non-aqueous dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) solution with CH3COOAg and SeCl4. The deposited Ag2Se material was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Then, the prepared Ag2Se material along with the Al foil substrate was employed to design the carbon tetrachloride gas sensor. Under the optimized conditions, the present gas sensor exhibited a broad linear range of 0.9–228μgmL−1, with a limit of detection of 0.3μgmL−1 (S/N=3). The proposed gas sensor showed good characteristics with high selectivity, fast response and long lifetime.
    Sensors and Actuators B-chemical - SENSOR ACTUATOR B-CHEM. 01/2011; 155(1):311-316.
  • Lichun Zhang, Jing Hu, Yi Lv, Xiandeng Hou
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    ABSTRACT: Chemiluminescence is frequently used as a powerful analytical tool for gas analysis. In this mini-review with 102 references, we summarize the recent advances in chemiluminescence-based analytical methodologies and their application in gas/volatile species analysis, mainly including applications of ozone-induced chemiluminescence, cataluminescence-based gas sensors and arrays, and dielectric barrier discharge–induced chemiluminescence for gas analysis. Efforts in the innovation of the methodologies, the exploration of new sensing materials, and the mechanism studies are discussed in detail.
    Applied Spectroscopy Reviews 11/2010; 45(6):474-489. · 2.92 Impact Factor