An anthracene-based fluorescent chemosensor for Zn2+

Jin Hoon Kim, Jin Young Noh, In Hong Hwang, Juhye Kang, Jinheung Kim, Cheal Kim

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A new zinc ion sensor 1-(anthracen-9-yl)-N-(pyridin-2-ylmethyl)-N- (quinolin-2-ylmethyl)methanamine 1 was synthesized by incorporating a dipicolylamine derivative as a binding unit and an anthracene group as a fluorescence signaling unit. The anthracene-based receptor 1 was highly selective for Zn2+ with a fluorescence enhancement and a remarkable red shift in aqueous solution, whereas this chemosensor showed no response to other metals, especially Cd2+ ion. The composition of the complex 1-Zn2+ turned out 1:1, based on Job's plot, ESI-mass analysis, and 1H NMR titration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2415-2418
Number of pages4
JournalTetrahedron Letters
Issue number19
StatePublished - 8 May 2013

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Funding Information:
Financial support from Converging Research Center Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (2012001725, 2011K000675, and 2012008875) is gratefully acknowledged. We thank Professor Mi Sook Seo (Ewha Womans University) for ESI-mass running.


  • Anthracene
  • Chemosensor
  • Dipicolylamine
  • Fluorescent
  • Zinc ions


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