Fast naked-eye detection of amines with viologen derivatives

Yuping Wang, Shu Xu, Fan Gao, Qi Chen, Ben Bo Ni, Yuguo Ma

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    Three viologen derivatives with the ability to detect amines were synthesised. Upon interacting with amines, a rapid colour change caused by electron transfer and charge transfer between viologen derivatives and amines can be directly observed by naked eyes. With fluorine substituents, the detection sensitivity of these viologen derivatives for amines is remarkably enhanced to reach the level of ppm.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)344-348
    Number of pages5
    JournalSupramolecular Chemistry
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jun 1


    • amine detection
    • charge transfer
    • electron transfer
    • naked-eye detection
    • viologen

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Chemistry(all)


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