Chen K., Adam C., Sojic N., Schmittel M.,
RSC Adv. 2013, 33, 24140–24145.

For remote Hg2+ detection, an array of nanotips was covalently functionalised using a versatile photochemical approach. After chemical etching of an optical fiber bundle to generate the nanotip array, a protected n-propyl amine was grafted onto the tip surface by silanisation and thereafter photodeprotected by irradiation at 365 nm. The new rhodamine-based probe 9 developed for detection of Hg2+ was linked to the liberated amino group using the HOBt/DCC protocol. The optical fiber bundles functionalised with 9 exhibited a high selectivity toward Hg2+in situ, in full analogy to its precursor 4 in solution. Titration of the functionalised optical fiber bundles using a remote detection mode showed a detection range from 10−5 to 5 × 10−3 M for mercury ions in aqueous medium.


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