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Quinoline Group Modified Carbon Nanotubes for the Detection of Zinc Ions

Zhengping Dong, Bin Yang, Jun Jin, Jing Li, Hongwei Kang, Xing Zhong, Rong Li and Jiantai Ma*

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College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, 730000, People’s Republic of China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2009, 4:335-340  doi:10.1007/s11671-008-9248-8

Published: 21 January 2009


Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were covalently modified by fluorescence ligand (glycine-N-8-quinolylamide) and formed a hybrid material which could be used as a selective probe for metal ions detection. The anchoring to the surface of the CNTs was carried out by the reaction between the precursor and the carboxyl groups available on the surface of the support. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) unambiguously proved the existence of covalent bonds between CNTs and functional ligands. Fluorescence characterization shows that the obtained organic–inorganic hybrid composite is highly selective and sensitive (0.2 μM) to Zn(II) detection.

Carbon nanotubes; Glycine-N-8-quinolylamide; Zn(II); Fluorescent material; Detection