Title: UiO-68-PT MOF-Based Sensor and Its Mixed Matrix Membrane for Detection of HClO in Water
Abstract: As an important type of reactive oxygen species (ROS), hypochloric acid (HClO) is closely linked with our daily life, and its convenient and rapid detection is very significant and imperative. Fluorescent and visual probes are being recognized as powerful and convenient tools for detection of ROS in the environment and living organisms by visualizing and imaging. In this contribution, a new metal–organic framework-based fluorescent probe UiO-68-PT, which was generated from a phenthiazine-decorated benzimidazole bridging dicarboxyl ligand and ZrCl4 under solvothermal conditions via in situ one-pot approach, is reported. The obtained UiO-68-PT features a unique HClO and Vitamin C-triggered reversible redox process, which is accompanied by both visual and fluorescence changes. Therefore, it can be a highly sensitive, specific, and reusable sensor to detect HClO species in water via both visual and fluorogenic observation (turn-on). Furthermore, its mixed membrane material (MMM) was fabricated by the combination of UiO-68-PT and poly(vinyl alcohol), and the obtained hydrophilic MMM can be used as a reversible colorimetric card for visual detection of the HClO in aqueous solution.