Dual-function cellulose composites for fluorescence detection and removal of fluoride

Meng Li, Zhijiang Liu, Hui Chen Wang, Adam C. Sedgwick, Jordan E. Gardiner, Steven D. Bull, Hui Ning Xiao, Tony D. James

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A biodegradable and robust fluorogenic cellulose material for simultaneous fluoride recognition and adsorption at environmentally significant levels is presented. The fluorescent modified cellulose (FMC) containing a boronic acid-based anthracene group as a fluorescent signaling unit displays a selective fluorescence enhancement with F. On the other hand, Cl, Br, SO42−, H2PO4and ClO4 did not induce significant changes in fluorescence. Furthermore, FMC shows excellent F adsorption over a wide range of pH with a low dosage. Equilibrium studies demonstrate that the adsorption of F follows the Langmuir model in an aqueous solution. While, adsorption kinetics were found to follow the pseudo-second-order model. The simplicity of the method and the ability to detect and remove fluoride in waste water is noteworthy given the problems associated with fluoride pollution in drinking water.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)669-675
Number of pages7
JournalDyes and Pigments
Early online date21 Nov 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018


  • Boronic acid sensor
  • Cellulose support
  • Fluorescent sensor
  • Fluoride sensing
  • Functional materials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Process Chemistry and Technology


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