Molecular switch detects metals in the environment: Researchers from UNIGE have developed a new type of chemical sensor capable of detecting the presence of metals in the environment

Molecular switch detects metals in the environment: Researchers from UNIGE have developed a new type of chemical sensor capable of detecting the presence of metals in the environment

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Researchers have designed a family of molecules capable of binding to metal ions present in its environment and providing an easily detectable light signal during binding. This new type of sensor forms a 3D structure whose molecules consist of a ring and two luminescent arms that emit a particular type of light in a process called circular polarized luminescence, and detect ions, such as sodium.

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