Immediate naked eye distinction of methanol from ethanol can be performed by simple dissolution, in each of these solvents, of either [Na][EuFOD4] (1) complex or in mixture of products from the reaction between [P6,6,6,14][Eu(FOD)4] and NaOPhMe3, referred as 2, ([P6,6,6,14]+ = trihexyltetradecylphosphonium cation, FOD– = 1,1,1,2,2,3,3-heptafluoro-7,7-dimethyloctane-4,6-dionate). Additionally, an easy, low-cost, efficient and fast spectrofluorimetric method for the detection and quantification of methanol in mixtures with ethanol is described. This method is based on the changes in the Eu3+ luminescence in the visible region due to the interaction of the [P6,6,6,14][Eu(FOD)4] complex with these alcohols. A limit of detection as low as 15 % (w/w) of methanol in mixtures of ethanol/methanol is discussed considering a linear calibration curve.
- Ionic liquids