Key Laboratory of Chemical Biology and Traditional Chinese Medicine Research (Ministry of Education), College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Hunan Normal University, Changsha 410081, PR China. Electronic address: [Email]
Thiophenol is widely known as a highly toxic substance that can cause serious harm to the environment and health. Rapid and non-destructive detection of thiophenol is of great significance for environmental management. In this work, we designed and synthesized a near-infrared (NIR) fluorescent probe, (E)-4-(2-(4-(dicyanomethylene)-4H-chromen-2-yl)vinyl)-2-formylphenyl-2,4-dinitrobenzenesulfonate (DCM-CHO-D), that can respond to thiophenol rapidly (less than 3 min) based on intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) mechanism. DCM-CHO-D has high selectivity and sensitivity to the detection of thiophenol. And there is a linear relationship between the fluorescence intensity of DCM-CHO-D and thiophenol concentration in the range of 0-10 μM, the limit of detection (LOD) is as low as 0.22 μM. What's more, DCM-CHO-D can not only be used as an ideal colorimetric tool for detecting thiophenol in water samples, but also image thiophenol in living cells, indicating its potential utility for thiophenol sensing in environmental and biological samples.