Analytical Sciences

Abstract − Analytical Sciences, 33(6), 677 (2017).

Chemosensing Ensembles of 2-(2-Thiazolylazo)-p-cresol with Metal Ions in Colorimetric Detection of Anions
Jing WANG, Bin LAN, and Hai-Bo LIU
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004, P. R. China
This paper reports that changing metal ions (Co2+, Ni2+, Cu2+, or Cd2+) in the 2-(2-thiazolylazo)-p-cresol (TAC)-metal ensemble may generate varied optical responses to anions. The TAC and Ni2+ ensemble can detect and quantify CN in a highly sensitive and selective manner. CN competes for the Ni2+ present in the ensemble during recognition events, which thereby triggers colorimetric and absorption spectral changes. CN and S2− decomposed TAC-Cu2+ ensemble by forming [Cu(CN)x]n− species and CuS, respectively; however, the discrimination of CN and S2− was not achieved. The TAC-Co2+ ensemble exhibited discriminated interaction with CN through the absorption channel, but CN was not quantitatively determined. Although the TAC-Cd2+ ensemble responded to different anions, it did not recognize each anion selectively. These results demonstrated that metal ions can powerfully modulate anion identification to some extent, which can be an effective strategy to achieve selectivity of certain anions by varying the metal ions in the ensemble.