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Spectrochimica acta. Part A, Molecular and biomolecular spectroscopy

Squarylium-based chromogenic anion sensors.


PMID 22613120

Abstract

A squarylium (SQ) dye was synthesized by the reaction between squaric acid and 2,3,3-trimethylindolenine and its anion sensing properties were investigated using absorption and emission spectroscopy. This chemosensor exhibited high selectivity for CN(-) as compared with F(-), CH(3)CO(2)(-), Br(-), H(2)PO(4)(-), Cl(-), and NO(3)(-) in acetonitrile, which was attributed to the formation of a 1:1 squarylium:CN(-) coordination complex, the formation of which was supported by the calculated geometry of the complex.