Recent progress on fluorescent chemosensors for metal ions

Yongsuk Jeong, Juyoung Yoon

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The recognition and sensing of the biologically and environmentally important metal ions has emerged as a significant goal in the field of chemical sensors in recent years. Among the various analytical methods, fluorescence has been a powerful tool due to its simplicity, high detection limit and application to bioimaging. This review highlights the fluorescent chemosensors for metal ions, which have been recently developed from our laboratory. This review was categorized by target metal ions, such as Cu 2+, Hg 2+, Zn 2+, Pb 2+, Cd 2+, Vanadate, Ag + and Au 3+. Selectivity and sensitivity for these metal ions were achieved by introducing various ligands to core fluorophores, such as, rhodamine, fluorescein, pyrene, anthracene, naphthalimide, coumarin, and BODIPY.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-14
Number of pages13
JournalInorganica Chimica Acta
Issue number1
StatePublished - 15 Feb 2012

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by National Research Foundation (NRF) Grant ( 2011-0020450 ), WCU ( R31-2008-000-10010-0 ) and by the Converging Research Center Program through the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology ( 2011K000720 ). J.Y. also deeply thanks to previous and present group members.


  • Cd sensor
  • Cu sensor
  • Fluorescent chemosensors
  • Hg sensor
  • Pb sensor
  • Zn sensor


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