ESIPT-based fluorescence probe for the rapid detection of hypochlorite (HOCl/ClO-)

Luling Wu, Qingye Yang, Liyuan Liu, Adam C. Sedgwick, Alexander J. Cresswell, Steven D. Bull, Chusen Huang, Tony D. James

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ESIPT-based fluorescence probes are emerging as an attractive tool for the detection of biologically relevant analytes owing to their unique photophysical properties. In this work, we have developed an ESIPT-based fluorescence probe (TCBT-OMe) for the detection of HClO/ClO- through the attachment of a bioorthogonal dimethylthiocarbamate linker. TCBT-OMe was shown to rapidly detect HClO/ClO- (<10 s) at biologically relevant concentrations (LoD = 0.16 nM) and have an excellent selectivity towards others ROS/RNS and amino acids. Therefore, TCBT-OMe was tested in live cells and was successfully shown to be able to detect endogenous and exogenous HClO/ClO- in HeLa cells. Additionally, TCBT-OMe acts as a dual input logic gate for Hg2+ and H2O2. Interestingly, Hg2+ alone gradually causes a fluorescence response but requires >30 min to produce a fluorescence response. Test strips containing TCBT-OMe were prepared and were demonstrated as an effective way to detect HClO/ClO- in water. Furthermore, TCBT-OMe was shown to detect exogenously added HClO/ClO- in three different water samples with little interference thus demonstrating the effectiveness as a method for the detection of HClO/ClO- in drinking water samples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8522-8525
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number61
Early online date4 Jul 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Jul 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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