Porphyrin-rhodamine conjugates as new materials with sensing ability

Sónia M. G. Pires, Cristina Núñez, Vanda Vaz Serra, Antonio Sánchez-Coronilla, Maria A. F. Faustino, Mário M. Q. Simões, Artur M. S. Silva, Maria G. P. M. S. Neves, José Luis Capelo, Carlos Lodeiro

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Conjugates based on porphyrin (porph) and rhodamine (rh) moieties linked by amide bonds, dyad 1 (porph-spacer-rh) and triad 2 (porph-spacer-rh-spacer-porph), were prepared respectively from precursor 1 and precursor 2. The sensing ability of precursor 1, dyad 1 and triad 2 towards the divalent metal ions Cu2+, Zn2+, Cd2+, Pb2+, Hg2+ and the monovalent Hg+ was explored in solution by absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy as well as in gas phase using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI)-TOF mass spectrometry. In solution one-metal-per-ligand molar ratio was obtained with precursor 1 and triad 2, however, a two-metal-per-ligand molar ratio was observed with dyad 1. Additionally, the results obtained by MALDI-TOF-MS confirmed the gas-phase sensing abilities of dyad 1 towards all metal ions tested and of triad 2 towards Zn2+. Computational DFT calculations confirm the same stoichiometry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-126
Number of pages14
JournalDyes and Pigments
Issue numberSI
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016


  • Cation dyads
  • Fluorescent probes
  • Porphyrin
  • Rhodamine
  • Triads


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