Green synthesized carbon dots embedded in silica molecularly imprinted polymers, characterization and application as a rapid and selective fluorimetric sensor for determination of thiabendazole in juices
Nafiseh Kazemifard, Ali A. Ensafi, Behzad Rezaei
A B S T R A C T
An eco-friendly method was used to synthesize carbon dots (CDs) from Rosemary leaves, as a carbon source. The as-synthesized CDs was applied as a fluorophore in an optical sensor after modification with molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) for determination of thiabendazole (TBZ). For this purpose, a silica shell using tetraethoxysilane (TEOS), as a Si source, was stabilized on the surface of CDs via reverse microemulsion technique. Following, MIPs were synthesized in the presence of TBZ as a template, using 3-aminopropyl triethoxysilane and TEOS as a functional monomer and a crosslinker, respectively. After optimization of the experimental parameters, a linear dynamic range of 0.03–1.73 μg/mL TBZ with a detection limit as 8 ng/mL were obtained for the suggested method. Finally, the proposed sensor was successfully applied for the determination of TBZ in apple, orange, and tomato juices. This sensor is a simple, rapid, selective, and non-expensive method for TBZ measurement.
Rosemary leaves, Green synthesis carbon dots, Characterization, Thiabendazole, Fluorimetric sensor
Silica molecularly imprinted polymer