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Special Issue "Synthesis and Characterization of Optical Sensors for Environmental Monitoring"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Biosensors".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Yang-wei Lin

Department of Chemistry, National Changhua University of Education, Chang-Hua, Taiwan
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Interests: aptamer sensors; metal nanoparticle/nanocluster-based sensors; chemosensors; gas sensors

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The environmental conservation of fresh water resources and the efforts to protect fresh water from hazardous contaminants have become primary priorities in many countries. The early detection and intervention of suspected pollutants are critical to the prevention of potential environmental tragedies. Early detection can be succeeded if a simple and sensitive measuring tool is developed to quantify contaminants in fresh water resources. For a Special Issue on this topic, we invite the submission of manuscripts covering all aspects of environmental monitoring, detection of water pollutants, and ion recognition, including: optochemical sensors, aptamer sensors, biosensors, and the design and fabrication of chemical probes or any other optical-based sensors. Both research and review papers are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Yang-wei Lin
Guest Editor

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  • optical chemical sensors
  • biosensors
  • nanoparticles and qquantum dots
  • aptamers
  • nanostructured materials
  • absorbance
  • photoluminescence
  • chemiluminescence
  • Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR)
  • water pollutants
  • ion recognition

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A Highly Selective and Sensitive Fluorescent Chemosensor for Detecting Al3+ Ion in Aqueous Solution and Plant Systems
Sensors 2019, 19(3), 623; https://doi.org/10.3390/s19030623
Received: 27 December 2018 / Revised: 29 January 2019 / Accepted: 31 January 2019 / Published: 1 February 2019
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The solubilized form of aluminum, Al3+, is present under acid soil conditions and toxic to both animals and plants. Detecting and quantifying Al3+ is vital for both chemistry and biology. A new Schiff-based fluorescent turn-on sensor (probe L) for [...] Read more.
The solubilized form of aluminum, Al3+, is present under acid soil conditions and toxic to both animals and plants. Detecting and quantifying Al3+ is vital for both chemistry and biology. A new Schiff-based fluorescent turn-on sensor (probe L) for the selective detection of the Al3+ ion was synthesized by coupling 2-hydroxy-1-naphthaldehyde and 2-aminoisoindoline-1,3-dione, and the structure was characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance spectra. The probe L exhibited an excellent selective and sensitive response to the Al3+ ion over other metal ions in DMSO-H2O (1:9 v/v). Fluorescence quantification revealed that probe L was promising for the detection and accumulation of Al3+. Treating rice seedlings with Al3+ at 25–200 μM inhibited their growth. Al3+ treatment produced reactive oxygen species in rice roots. Practical applications of the fluorescent probe for the quantification of Al3+ in water samples and rice seedlings are demonstrated. Detecting the Al3+ ion with the probe L is easy and a potential alternative to existing analytical methods. The method can be used for detecting the Al3+ content of aqueous solution and plant systems. The novel fluorescent probe L has good potential for monitoring Al3+ content in the environment and biological systems. Full article

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