Aromatic block copolymer ligand sensitized lanthanide nanostructures as ratiometric fluorescence probe for determination of residual K2CO3 in super engineering thermoplastics

Junni Xie, Kun Jia, Chenchen Liu, Yao Ji, Jingying Dai, Robert Marks, Xiaobo Liu

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Abstract

The residual catalyst (K2CO3) presented in the super engineering polyarylene ethers exerts side effects onto their processability and electrical properties. However, the sensitive and reliable analytical tools, that are able to detect residual K2CO3 content in these high performance thermoplastics, are rarely reported. Herein, we firstly synthesized an aromatic amphiphilic block copolymer bearing pendent carboxyl and sulfonate groups (named as D5S5). Next, a lanthanide ions mediated solvent-exchange self-assembly was explored to fabricate fluorescent metallopolymeric nanospheres composed of D5S5 and Tb3+ with strong green emission (named as Tb-D5S5). Then, the rhodamine B (RB) dyes were combined with the Tb-D5S5 to obtain the fluorescent probe of Tb-D5S5/RB, which exhibited a ratiometric fluorescence response to K2CO3. Specifically, the I545/I585 (intensity ratio of two emission bands at 545 nm and 585 nm) of probe linearly increased with the increasing K+ concentration of K2CO3 in the range from 0.05 to 7.41 mM. Furthermore, the sensing mechanism of this probe towards K2CO3 was revealed. Finally, the Tb-D5S5/RB probe was employed to determine the residual K2CO3 in a super engineering polyarylene ether produced by an industrial plant, which showed 85.98 %–89.31 % recoveries of the benchmark results obtained from the inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer (ICP-OES).

Original languageEnglish
Article number129611
JournalSensors and Actuators, B: Chemical
Volume334
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2021

Keywords

  • Aromatic amphiphilic block copolymer
  • Industrial sample
  • Lanthanide nanostructures
  • Ratiometric fluorescence sensor
  • Solvent exchange self-assembly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Instrumentation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry

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