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Fluorescent carbon quantum dot hydrogels for direct determination of silver ions.

Cayuela, Angelina and Soriano, M. Laura and Kennedy, Stuart R. and Steed, J. W. and Valcárcel, M. (2016) 'Fluorescent carbon quantum dot hydrogels for direct determination of silver ions.', Talanta., 151 . pp. 100-105.


The paper reports for the first time the direct determination of silver ion (Ag+) using luminescent Carbon Quantum Dot hydrogels (CQDGs). Carbon Quantum Dots (CQDs) with different superficial moieties (passivate-CQDs with carboxylic groups, thiol-CQDs and amine-CQDs) were used to prepare hybrid gels using a low molecular weight hydrogelator (LMWG). The use of the gels results in considerable fluorescence enhancement and also markedly influences selectivity. The most selective CQDG system for Ag+ ion detection proved to be those containing carboxylic groups onto their surface. The selectivity towards Ag+ ions is possibly due to its flexible coordination sphere compared with other metal ions. This fluorescent sensing platform is based on the strong Ag–O interaction which can quench the photoluminescence of passivate-CQDs (p-CQDs) through charge transfer. The limit of detection (LOD) and quantification (LOQ) of the proposed method were 0.55 and 1.83 µg mL−1, respectively, being applied in river water samples.

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Date accepted:14 January 2016
Date deposited:13 April 2016
Date of first online publication:15 January 2016
Date first made open access:15 January 2017

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