Heterobimetallic Ru(II)-Eu(III) complex as chemodosimeter for selective biogenic amine odorants detection in fish sample

Cheuk Fai Chow, Hoi Kuan Kong, Shu Wai Leung, Brenda K.W. Chiu, Chi Kin Koo, Elva N.Y. Lei, Michael H.W. Lam, Wing Tak Wong, Wai Yeung Wong

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Gaseous biogenic amines such as putrescine, spermidine, aniline, and trimethylamine are important biomolecules that play many crucial roles in metabolism and medical diagnostics. A chemodosimetric detection assay has been developed for those gaseous amines by RuII-EuIIIheterobimetallic complexes, K{[RuII(tBubpy)(CN)4]2EuIII(H2O)4} (wheretBubpy = 4,4′-di-tert-butyl-2,2′-bipyridine). Synthesis, X-ray crystal characterization, and spectroscopic properties of this RuII-EuIIIheterobimetallic complex were reported. Binding properties of the RuII-EuIIIcomplex with common gases revealed that this complex is very selective to gaseous amine molecules. Sensitivity of this complex toward the amines was found as ∼log k = 4.5-4.8. Real time monitoring of gaseous biogenic amines was applied to real fish samples (Atlantic mackerel) by studying the spectrofluorimetric responses of the RuII-EuIIIcomplex toward different biogenic amine concentration. GC/MS studies were also used as a reference for the studies. A linear spectrofluorimetric response was found toward biogenic amine concentration in real fish samples. This complex was found to respond specifically to those biogenic amines down to 10 ppb.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-296
Number of pages8
JournalAnalytical Chemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry


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