Coumarin-decorated Schiff base hydrolysis as an efficient driving force for the fluorescence detection of water in organic solvents

Won Young Kim, Hu Shi, Hyo Sung Jung, Daeheum Cho, Peter Verwilst, Jin Yong Lee, Jong Seung Kim

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A coumarin based Schiff base was found to be an excellent indicator of moisture, via rapid in situ hydrolysis. A structure-relationship examination of a small library of Schiff bases revealed the critical importance of hydrogen bond acceptors in close proximity to the imine bond, and this observation was further supported by theoretical calculations as well as the solid state structure analysis. The most sensitive compound demonstrated a limit of detection and quantification of 0.18% and 0.54% v/v water in DMSO, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8675-8678
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number56
Publication statusPublished - 2016


ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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