A water-soluble tetraphenylethene based probe for luminescent carbon dioxide detection and its biological application

Yun Ma, Yi Zeng, Hua Liang, Cheuk Lam Ho, Qiang Zhao, Wei Huang, Wai Yeung Wong

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A water-soluble fluorescent CO2gas probe based on a tetraphenylethene derivative (TPE-ONa) has been developed. After bubbling CO2into the detection solution, a remarkable color change and fluorescence enhancement could be observed. A porous film was successfully fabricated by mixing TPE-ONa with sodium carboxymethyl cellulose in water, which can serve as an efficient CO2gas detection system. More importantly, TPE-ONa exhibits low cytotoxicity towards live cells and has the ability to monitor the external CO2concentration changes of living cells.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11850-11856
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry C
Issue number45
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Chemistry

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