1,3-Bis(pyren-1-yliminomethyl)calix[4]arene as a selective fluorescent turn-on sensor for mercury(II) ion

Shinya Tanaka, Kengo Hirasawa, Kyohei Watanabe, Tetsutaro Hattori

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A novel calixarene-based diimine, 1,3-bis(pyren-1-yliminomethyl)calix[4]arene (5), serves as a turn-on-type fluorescent sensor, which selectively detects Hg2+ in THF/H2O (99:1, v/v) in the presence of various other metal ions. Such selectivity is not seen with half salen 1 derived from salicylaldehyde and 1-aminopyrene. 1H NMR analysis reveals that it is a chemodosimetric sensor based on its hydrolysis mediated by Hg2+ to release 1-aminopyrene molecules as fluorescent chromophores.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-183
Number of pages5
JournalSupramolecular Chemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Mar 4


  • Calixarene
  • chemodosimeter
  • turn-on sensor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)


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