New detectors for metal cations and protons based on PAMAM dendrimers modified with 1,8-naphthalimide units
•Two new fluorescent PAMAM dendrimers have been described.•The dendrimer has potential as detector for metal ions and protons.•The fluorescence intensity can be controlled by varying the amount of Cu2+ and TFAA.
Two new poly(amidoamine) dendrimers from first generation modified with 1,8-naphthalimide units in the dendrimer periphery have been synthesized. Their functional characteristics have been investigated in organic solvents of different polarity. The effect of the chemical nature of the 1,8-naphthalimide C-4 substituent on the photophysical properties of new dendrimers is discussed. The compounds have been investigated with regard to their application as detectors for metal ions and protons. It has been demonstrated that both dendrimers enhance their intrinsic fluorescence intensity in the presence of Sn2+ and Fe3+, while Cu2+ ions quench their emission.
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Journal: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry - Volume 283, 1 June 2014, Pages 1–7