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Synthesis of positively charged CdTe quantum dots and detection for uric acid

Tiliang Zhang, Xiangying Sun, Bin Liu
Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy 2011, 79 (5): 1566-72
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The CdTe dots (QDs) coated with 2-Mercaptoethylamine was prepared in aqueous solution and characterized with fluorescence spectroscopy, UV-Vis absorption spectra, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and infrared spectroscopy. When the λex=350 nm, the fluorescence peak of positively charged CdTe quantum dots is at 592 nm. The uric acid is able to quench their fluorescence. Under optimum conditions, the change of fluorescence intensity is linearly proportional to the concentration of uric acid in the range 0.4000-3.600 μmol L(-1), and the limit of detection calculated according to IUPAC definitions is 0.1030 μmol L(-1). Compared with routine method, the present method determines uric acid in human serum with satisfactory results. The mechanism of this strategy is due to the interaction of the tautomeric keto/hydroxyl group of uric acid and the amino group coated at the CdTe QDs.

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