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Chemistry Central Journal

, 8:60

Analytical Chemistry


Boronic acids are increasingly utilised in diverse areas of research. Including the interactions of boronic acids with diols and strong Lewis bases as fluoride or cyanide anions, which leads to their utility in various sensing applications. The sensing applications can be homogeneous assays or heterogeneous detection. Detection can be at the interface of the sensing material or within the bulk sample. Furthermore, the key interaction of boronic acids with diols allows utilisation in various areas ranging from biological labelling, protein manipulation and modification, separation and the development of therapeutics. All the above uses and applications are covered by this mini-review of papers published during 2013.

KeywordsBoronic acid Sensing Detection of glucose Diol Catechol Fluoride Reactive oxygen species AbbreviationsARSAlizarin Red S



CVCyclic voltammetry

DMSODimethyl sulfoxide


DOPAC3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid

DPVDifferential voltammetry

ESI-MSElectrospray ionisation – mass spectroscopy

FETField effect transistor

FRETFörster resonance energy transfer

MEMSMicroelectromechanical system

MIPMolecular imprinted polymers

MRIMagnetic resonance imaging


NMRNuclear magnetic resonance


ROSReactive oxygen species

SERSSurface enhanced Raman spectroscopy

SPRSurface plasmon resonance

SWNTSingle-walled carbon nanotubes

QCMQuartz crystal microbalance

QDQuantum dots

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-s13065-014-0060-5 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Karel Lacina - Petr Skládal - Tony D James


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