Ultrasensitive mercury(II) ion detection by europium(III)-doped cadmium sulfide composite nanoparticles

Anhui Key Laboratory of Chemo-Biosensing, College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Anhui Normal University, No. 1 Renmin Road, Wuhu 241000, PR China.
Talanta (Impact Factor: 3.55). 11/2010; 83(1):139-44. DOI: 10.1016/j.talanta.2010.08.052
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With the biomolecule glutathione (GSH) as a capping ligand, Eu(3+)-doped cadmium sulfide composite nanoparticles were successfully synthesized through a straightforward one-pot process. An efficient fluorescence energy transfer system with CdS nanoparticles as energy donor and Eu(3+) ions as energy accepter was developed. As a result of specific interaction, the fluorescence intensity of Eu(3+)-doped CdS nanoparticles is obviously reduced in the presence of Hg(2+). Moreover, the long fluorescent lifetime and large Stoke's shift of europium complex permit sensitive fluorescence detection. Under the optimal conditions, the fluorescence intensity of Eu(3+) at 614 nm decreased linearly with the concentration of Hg(2+) ranging from 10 nmol L(-1) to 1500 nmol L(-1), the limit of detection for Hg(2+) was 0.25 nmol L(-1). In addition to high stability and reproducibility, the composite nanoparticles show a unique selectivity towards Hg(2+) ion with respect to common coexisting cations. Moreover, the developed method was applied to the detection of trace Hg(2+) in aqueous solutions. The probable mechanism of reaction between Eu(3+)-doped CdS composite nanoparticles and Hg(2+) was also discussed.

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