Rapid and ultrasensitive detection of trace heavy metal mercury(II) ions (Hg2+) are of significant importance due to the induced serious risks for environment and human health. This presented article reports the gold nanoparticle-based dual labeling colorimetric method (Dual-COLO) for ultrasensitive and rapid detection of Hg2+using the specific thymine-Hg2+-thymine (T-Hg2+-T) as recognition system and the dual labeling strategy for signal amplification. Both qualitative and quantitative detections of Hg2+are achieved successfully in aqueous samples. More importantly, the achieved detection limit of 0.005ngmL-1(0.025nM) without any instruments is very competitive to other rapid detection methods even ICP-MS based methods. This Dual-COLO method is also applied directly for real water sample monitoring and, more importantly, applied in analysis of mercury poisoned animal tissues and body fluidic samples, indicating a potentially powerful and promising tool for environmental monitoring and food safety control.
- Dual labeling colorimetric method
- Hg detection 2+
- Mercury poisoned animal tissues
- Signal amplification
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Analytical Chemistry
- Environmental Chemistry