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ISRN Spectroscopy
Volume 2013, Article ID 409480, 8 pages
Research Article

Surfactant Sensitized Calix[4]arenes Fluorescence Quenching Method for Speciation of Cr(VI)/Cr(III) in Water Samples

College of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou 225009, China

Received 3 June 2013; Accepted 6 July 2013

Academic Editors: L. Charbonnière, R. E. Santelli, M. Soylak, and A. R. Türker

Copyright © 2013 Wenjun Wang 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.


The surfactant sensitized spectrofluorimetry for speciation of chromium (Cr(VI)/Cr(III)) was developed. The analytical procedure was that the fluorescence intensity of l4,10,16,22-tetramethoxyl resorcinarene carboxylic acid derivatives (TRCA) could be selectively quenched by Cr(VI) and the fluorescence quenching value () was increased in cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB). The main influence factors on the fluorescence quenching (ΔF) were investigated in detail. Under the optimal conditions, the linear range of calibration curve for the determination of Cr(VI) was 0.10~5.00 μg/mL, and the detection limit was 0.024 μg/mL with % (μg/mL, ). The concentration of Cr(III) was calculated by subtracting Cr(VI) from the total chromium determined after oxidizing Cr(III) to Cr(VI). The preliminary sensitized mechanism was discussed with the inclusion constant (K) of TRCA-Cr(VI), the fluorescence quantum yield of TRCA, and IR spectra characterization. The method has been applied to the speciation analysis of Cr(VI)/Cr(III) in water samples.