The selective assay of cyanide ions with a thioamide compound (HNPTU) containing phenol and pyridine as a chemosensor is reported using absorbance changes in a buffered aqueous solution (50 mM HEPES, pH 7.4) containing ethanol. Upon treatment with cyanide ions, the colorless solution of HNPTU turned yellow. No significant changes were observed with other comparable anions, such as F-, Cl-, Br-, I-, and CH3COO-. The color change of HNPTU upon treatment with CN- was maintained even in the presence of the comparable monovalent anions. The complex stability constant (Ka = 2.6 × 103) for the stoichiometric 1:1 complexation of HNPTU with cyanide ions was obtained based on absorbance titrations. The interaction of HNPTU with cyanide ions was proposed to be deprotonation, as shown by NMR and Cu(II) treatment experiments.
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - 17 Dec 2014|
- Colorimetric sensor
- Cyanide ion