A color version of the Hinsberg test: 1°-3° amine indicator

Jong Seung Kim, Soo Jin Lee, Jong Hwa Jung, In Chul Hwang, N. Jiten Singh, Sung Kuk Kim, Seoung Ho Lee, Hyun Jung Kim, Chang Soo Keum, Jung Woo Lee, Kwang S. Kim

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The Hinsberg test to recognize the type of amine (1°-3° amines), which has been established for more than 100 years and well documented in textbooks, is not possible without conducting complicated organic reactions. We report for the first time unique chemosensors that are capable of showing selective color changes toward 1°-3° amines as a color version of the Hinsberg test. This simple and straightforward qualitative analysis, using the synthesized novel compounds herein, can be considered a new innovative tool for discriminating 1°-3° amines as an alternative to the historical Hinsberg test.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3082-3088
Number of pages7
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Calixarenes
  • Hinsberg test
  • Receptors
  • Sensors
  • Supramolecular chemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry


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