Analytical Sciences

Abstract − Analytical Sciences, 33(12), 1345 (2017).

Autofluorescent Hyperbranched Poly(amide amine) as Effective Fluorescent Probe for Label-free Detection of Copper(II) Ions
Ying ZHENG, Xiao WANG, and Lan XU
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, P. R. China
A label-free fluorescent probe based on autofluorescent hyperbranched poly(amide amine) (HPAMAM) for copper ions was designed. HPAMAM is a cationic polymer containing many amino groups, which could bind Cu2+ ions to form cupric amine complexes, leading to a selective quenching of the fluorescence intensity of HPAMAM via inner filter effect. The fluorescence intensity of HPAMAM decreased with increasing concentration of Cu2+ ions and the linear response ranged from 0.05 to 25 μM (R2 = 0.995), with the corresponding detection limit (3σ/k) of 17.15 nM. The HPAMAM fluorescent probe provided a simple, rapid, selective and sensitive fluorometric method for detecting Cu2+ ions, which could be also applied for detection of Cu2+ ions in real water samples.