Lanthanide complexes as luminogenic probes to measure sulfide levels in industrial samples

Megan K Thorson, Phuc Ung, Franklin M Leaver, Teresa S Corbin, Kellie L Tuck, Bim Graham, Amy M Barrios

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A series of lanthanide-based, azide-appended complexes were investigated as hydrogen sulfide-sensitive probes. Europium complex 1 and Tb complex 3 both displayed a sulfide-dependent increase in luminescence, while Tb complex 2 displayed a decrease in luminescence upon exposure to NaHS. The utility of the complexes for monitoring sulfide levels in industrial oil and water samples was investigated. Complex 3 provided a sensitive measure of sulfide levels in petrochemical water samples (detection limit ~ 250 nM), while complex 1 was capable of monitoring μM levels of sulfide in partially refined crude oil.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-165
Number of pages6
JournalAnalytica Chimica Acta
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Azide reduction
  • Crude oil
  • Hydrogen sulfide
  • Lanthanide luminescence
  • Time-resolved luminescence

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