Sawmill waste derived carbon dots as a fluorescent probe for synthetic dyes in soft drinks
Datta B. Gunjal
Herein, for the first time the carbon dots (CDs) were synthesized by reflux method from sawmill waste material. We also represent a novel strategy based on fluorescent CDs for determination of ponceau 4R and allura red dyes in soft drinks. Interestingly, both the dyes were sensitive and showed effective fluorescence quenching of the CDs owing to the interaction between them. The analytical applicability of CDs were evaluated for detection of both the dyes with a good linear relationship between the concentration range of 0.0 to 3.0 µg mL−1 and having detection limit 0.45 and 0.47 µg mL−1 for allura red and ponceau 4R dyes respectively. Meanwhile, the potential application of this novel fluorescent probe for dyes determination in real samples was validated in different soft drink samples with good accuracy and precision. Thus, these findings provides new insights for the potential risk assessment of both the dyes. Moreover, CDs acted as an excellent fluorescent material in cellular imaging owing to their cellular uptake and localization.
Carbon dots, red dyes, soft drink