E-Bodipy fluorescent chemosensor for Zn2+ ion

Indranil Roy, Ji Young Shin, Dinesh Shetty, Jayshree K. Khedkar, Jun Heuk Park, Kimoon Kim

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A novel ethynylpyridine containing E-Bodipy, 2 was synthesized from a Bodipy precursor 1 and its chemosensing properties towards various transition metal ions including Fe3+, Co2+, Cu2+, Zn2+ and Hg2+ were investigated. A large fluorescence enhancement of 2 was observed upon treatment with Zn2+ whereas addition of Fe3+, Co2+, or Cu2+ caused fluorescence quenching of 2, which suggests its potential application as a turn-on fluorescent chemosensor for Zn2+. The photophysical behaviors of 1 and 2 were characterized by spectroscopic and electrochemical methods. In addition, the structure and electronic properties of 1, 2 and its metal complex with Zn2+ were investigated by density functional theory (DFT) calculations.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)233-239
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2016


  • Chemosensor
  • E-Bodipy
  • Fluorescence enhancement
  • Zn sensor


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