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Title: N-Confused Porphyrin – A Unique “Turn-On” Chemosensor for CN− and F− ions and “Turn-Off” Sensor for ClO4− ions
Authors: Grover N.
Sankar, Muniappan
Published in: Chemistry - An Asian Journal
Abstract: N-Confused meso-tetrakis(4-carbomethoxyphenyl)porphyrin (1) and its Ni(II) complex (1 a) have been synthesized and utilized for anion sensing studies, and the results are compared with N-confused meso-tetraphenylporphyrin (NCTPP). Anion susceptibilities of 1 and 1 a were investigated using spectroscopic, electrochemical, and DFT studies. Porphyrins 1 and 1 a were able to detect CN , F , and ClO ions selectively over the tested set of anions even at ppm level. Interestingly, the addition of ClO ions resulted in fluorescence quenching (turn off) whereas the addition of F or CN resulted in fluorescence enhancement (turn on). Notably, the TFA addition resulted in fluorescence quenching, whereas the fluorescence enhancement was observed while adding TBAOH. The higher association constant (K ) values with anions, lower detection limit, and shifts in redox potentials are due to the electron-withdrawing effect of the −COOCH group at the para-position of the meso-phenyl ring. This electron-withdrawing nature is crucial for the higher affinity towards anions. The anion sensing description in this article may not only unveil the built-in nature of N-confused porphyrins, but may also provide a general proposal for the development of novel anion sensors based on porphyrinoids. The electron-deficient porphyrin framework, large polarisable π-system, and anion binding through
Citation: Chemistry - An Asian Journal(2020), 15(14): 2192-2197
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Keywords: Anion binding
Binding isotherm
N-Confused Porphyrin
Turn On, Turn Off
Electron affinity
Fluorescence quenching
Nickel compounds
Redox reactions
Association constant
Electron-withdrawing effects
Fluorescence enhancement
Lower det
ISSN: 18614728
Author Scopus IDs: 56808972100
Author Affiliations: Grover, N., Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee, Uttarakhand 247667, India
Sankar, M., Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee, Uttarakhand 247667, India
Funding Details: Ministry of Human Resource Development, MHRD.MS thanks Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB/EMR/ 2016/004016), New Delhi for the finanacial support. NG sincerely thanks the Ministry of Human Resource development (MHRD), New Delhi, for senior research fellowship.
Corresponding Author: Sankar, M.; Department of Chemistry, India; email:
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