Cation Sensing Capabilities of A Nitrophenyl Cinnamaldehyde Derivative

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Venty Suryanti, Fajar Rakhman Wibowo, Ahmad Marzuki, Meiyanti Ratna Kumala Sari


The cationic chemosensor based on organic compound bearing an aminophenol moiety as a receptor for metal analyte and a cinnamaldehyde moiety as chromophoric fragment has been developed. In this work, we report the colorimetric sensing of nitrophenyl cinnamaldehyde derivative, namely methyl-3-(2-hidroxy-5-nitrophenyl amino)-3-phenylpropanoate, towards a variety of metal cations, such as Cu2+, Fe3+, Ni2+ and Zn2+. The cation sensing abilities of the sensor were observed for Cu2+and Fe3+ with a color change from colorless to pink and faint yellow, respectively, The characteristic UV-Vis spectra changes were observed upon addition of Cu2+and Fe3+ cations. The hypsochromic absorption spectra shifts were obtained, indicating the cations and sensor complexations had formed. A metal-to-ligand-charge-transfer (MLCT) had occurred and the charge density of the sensor changed resulting in appearance of new absorption peaks in the UV-Vis spectra and color changes of the sensor solution upon addition of the Cu2+and Fe3+.  


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Jurnal Ilmiah Kimia
Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences,
Universitas Jenderal Soedirman, Purwokerto, Indonesia

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