A new BODIPY derivative with 2,2-(ethane-1,2-diylbis(oxy))bis(N,N-bis(pyridine-2-ylmethyl)aniline unit as the metal receptor has been designed and synthesized. The dye selectively detects either Cd2+ or Hg2+ ions in the presence of hosts of other biologically important and environmentally relevant metal ions in aqueous medium at physiological pH. Binding of metal ions causes a change in the emission behavior of the dye from weakly fluorescent to highly fluorescent. Confocal microscopic experiments validate that the dye can be used to identify changes in either Hg2+ or Cd2+ levels in living cells.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry