Aggregation-directed High Fidelity Sensing of Picric Acid by a Perylenediimide-based Luminogen

Bapan Pramanik, Saurav Das, Debapratim Das

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Widespread use of picric acid (PA) in chemical industries and deadly explosives poses dreadful impact on all living creatures as well as the natural environment and has raised global concerns that necessitate the development of fast and efficient sensing platforms. To address this issue, herein, we report a perylenediimide-peptide conjugate, PDI-1, for detection of PA in methanol. The probe displays typical aggregation caused quenching (ACQ) behaviour and exhibits a fluorescence “turn-off” sensory response towards PA which is unaffected by the presence of other interfering nitroaromatic compounds. The sensing mechanism involves PA induced aggregation of the probe into higher order tape like structures which leads to quenching of emission. The probe possesses a low detection limit of 5.6 nM or 1.28 ppb and a significantly high Stern-Volmer constant of 6.87×104 M−1. It also exhibits conducting properties in the presence of PA vapours and thus represents a prospective candidate for vapour phase detection of PA. This is, to the best of our knowledge, the first example of a perylenediimide based probe that demonstrates extremely specific, selective and sensitive detection of PA and thus grasps the potential for application in practical scenarios.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4291-4296
Number of pages6
JournalChemistry - An Asian Journal
Issue number24
StatePublished - 14 Dec 2020


  • aggregation caused quenching
  • chemosensor
  • explosive sensor
  • perylenediimide
  • picric acid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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