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Analyst. 2013 Mar 21;138(6):1649-52. doi: 10.1039/c3an00151b. Epub 2013 Feb 4.

Colorimetric detection of copper ions based on a supramolecular complex of water-soluble polythiophene and ATP.

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  • 1Key Laboratory for Biomedical Effects of Nanomaterials & Nanosafety, Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China.


A colorimetric probe for the detection of copper(II) ions in aqueous media by the naked eye has been developed based on a supramolecular complex comprised of a cationic polythiophene derivative and ATP with a detection limit as low as 0.05 mM.

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