A new fluorescent Cu(II) sensor (L) obtained from the Schiff base of 5,5'-methylene-bis-salicylaldehyde with amidol (2,4-diaminophenol) was synthesized and characterized by FT-IR, MS, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR techniques. In the presence of pH 6.5 (KHPO4-Na2HPO4) buffer solutions, copper reacted with L to form a stable 2:1 complex. Fluorescence spectroscopic study showed that Schiff base is highly sensitive towards Cu(II) over other metal ions (K(+), Na(+), Al(3+), Ni(2+), Co(2+), Fe(3+), Zn(2+), Pb(2+)) in DMSO/H2O (30%, v/v). The sensor L was successfully applied to the determination of copper in standard reference material. The structural properties and molecular orbitals of the complex formed between L and Cu(2+) ions were also investigated using quantum chemical computations.
Keywords: Chemosensor; Copper (II); Fluorescence; Schiff-base.
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