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A BODIPY/pyridine conjugate for reversible fluorescence detection of gold(III) ions
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We designed a "turn-on" type fluorescent probe based on a BODIPY-pyridine conjugate which exhibits high selectivity towards Au(iii) ions and, also responds to changes in the pH within the acidic pH range. The probe offers features such as a rapid response time, a low detection limit, and high sensitivity and selectivity. The detection of Au(iii) is recognized by a distinct change in the emission intensity which relies on a reversible "ligand to ion" binding mechanism. We also document the utility of the probe for the quantification of gold ion residues in synthetic end products prepared via gold catalysis. © 2015 The Royal Society of Chemistry and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.