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Reference type: Journal
Authors: Li JP, Yang B, Pan HC, Xu GB
Article Title: Molecularly imprinted sensor based on Russian Matryoshka structured molecules for enhanced specific identification and double amplification in ultra-trace Tb3+ determination.
Publication date: 2018
Journal: Biosensors and Bioelectronics
Volume: 109
Page numbers: 224-229.
DOI: 10.1016/j.bios.2018.03.029
Alternative URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0956566318302021

Abstract: The selective and sensitive detection of rare earth elements is thought to be difficult because the concentration of those elements in the sample is commonly at a low level and they normally have severe mutual interference which is caused by homologous chemical properties. In this study, a novel molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) sensor was fabricated for highly sensitive and selective determination of ultra-trace Tb3+. The Tb3+-ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid complex (Tb-EDTA) as the template molecule was incorporated into mono-6-mercapto-β-cyclodextrin (mono-6-SH-β-CD) to form a Russian Matryoshka (RM)-structured molecule (CD/Tb-EDTA). Titanium isopropoxide was utilized in vapor sol-gel polymerization to construct MIP membrane. Moreover, the selectivity of the RM MIP sensor was remarkably enhanced by the "triple-selectivity" recognition of EDTA-to-Tb3+, β-CD-to-(Tb-EDTA), and 3D cavity-to-(CD/Tb-EDTA), while the sensitivity of the MIP sensor was significantly improved by ECL signal enhancement based on double amplification, in other words, the electrochemiluminescence resonance energy transfer (ECL-RET) between the ECL donor of CD/Tb-EDTA and the ECL acceptor of Ru(bpy)32+, and the ECL enhancement by the co-reactant of CD/Tb-EDTA on Ru(bpy)3Cl2. When the imprinted cavities were occupied by Tb-EDTA during rebinding, the host-guest inclusion structured complex was formed and the ECL intensities produced by the Ru(bpy)3Cl2 ECL system increased with increasing concentration of Tb-EDTA. The proposed sensor was used for quantitative analysis of Tb3+ with concentrations ranging from 8.00 x 10-13 mol/L to 4.00 x 10-9 mol/L and successfully applied to detect Tb3+ in seawater samples. The detection limit of the sensor was found to be 3.90 x 10-13 mol/L (DL = 3δ b/K), which is lower than previously reported values. Thus, the fabricated sensor is feasible for practical applications
Template and target information: terbium ion, Tb(III)
Author keywords: Molecularly imprinted sensor, Rare earth element, Russian Matryoshka doll, Triple-selectivity recognition, double amplification, terbium

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