Novel cellulose polyampholyte-gold nanoparticle-based colorimetric competition assay for the detection of cysteine and mercury(II)

Jun You, Haoze Hu, Jinping Zhou, Lina Zhang, Yaping Zhang, Tetsuo Kondo

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Abstract

We provide a highly sensitive and selective assay to detect cysteine (Cys) and Hg2+ in aqueous solutions using Au nanoparticles (NPs) stabilized by carboxylethyl quaternized cellulose (CEQC). This method is based on the thiophilicity of Hg2+ and Au NPs as well as the unique optical properties of CEQC-stabilized Au NPs. CEQC chains are good stabilizing agents for Au NPs even in a high-salt solution. The addition of Cys results in the aggregation of CEQC-stabilized Au NPs, which induces the visible color change and obvious redshift in UV-visible absorption spectra. On the other hand, Hg2+ is more apt to interact with thiols than Au NPs; thus, it can remove the Cys and trigger Au NP aggregate redispersion again. By taking advantage of this mechanism, a novel off-on colorimetric sensor has been established for Cys and Hg2+ detection. This new assay could selectively detect Cys and Hg2+ with the detection limits as low as 20 and 40 nM in aqueous solutions, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5085-5092
Number of pages8
JournalLangmuir
Volume29
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 23 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry

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