Author(s): Zhang R, Chen W
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Abstract A facile, economical and straightforward hydrothermal strategy is used to prepare highly luminescent nitrogen-doped carbon quantum dots (N-CQDs) by using folic acid as both carbon and nitrogen sources. The as-prepared N-CQDs have an average size of 4.5 ± 1.0 nm and exhibit excitation wavelength-dependent fluorescence with the maximum emission and excitation at 390 and 470 nm, respectively. Furthermore, due to the effective quenching effect of Hg(2+) ions, such N-CQDs are found to serve as an effective fluorescent sensing platform for lable-free sensitive detection of Hg(2+) ions with a detection limit of 0.23 μM. The selectivity experiments reveal that the fluorescent sensor is specific for Hg(2+) even with interference by high concentrations of other metal ions. Most importantly, the N-CQDs-based Hg(2+) ions sensor can be successfully applied to the determination of Hg(2+) in tap water and real lake water samples. With excellent sensitivity and selectivity, such stable and cheap carbon materials are potentially suitable for monitoring of Hg(2+) in environmental application. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Biosens Bioelectron
and referenced in Journal of Analytical & Bioanalytical Techniques