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International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Volume 2011, Article ID 843051, 6 pages
Research Article

A Selective Chemosensor for Mercuric Ions Based on 4-Aminothiophenol-Ruthenium(II) Bis(bipyridine) Complex

1Department of Chemistry, Yarmouk University, Irbid 21163, Jordan
2Department of Chemistry, JUST University, Irbid 22110, Jordan

Received 28 November 2010; Revised 22 February 2011; Accepted 23 February 2011

Academic Editor: W. T. Wong

Copyright © 2011 Amer A. G. Al Abdel Hamid et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A new ruthenium(II) complex (cis-ruthenium-bis[2,2-bipyridine]-bis[4-aminothiophenol]-bis[hexafluorophosphate]) has been synthesized and characterized using standard analytical and spectroscopic techniques, FTIR, 1H and 13C-NMR, UV/vis, elemental analysis, conductivity measurements, and potentiometric titration. Investigation of the synthesized complex with metal ions showed that this complex has photochemical properties that are selective and sensitive toward the presence of mercuric ion in aqueous solution. The detection limit for mercuric ions using UV/vis spectroscopy was estimated to be ~ 0.4 ppm. The results presented herein may have an important implication in the development of a spectroscopic selective detection for mercuric ions in aqueous solution.