Turkish Journal of Chemistry




This paper reports absorption-based CO_2 sensing of the pH-active Schiff base 2-[(2-hydroxymethylphenylimino) methyl]-5-bromo-phenol (SB) in an ethyl cellulose (EC) matrix with and without Teflon coating. The CO_2 sensitivity of the SB dye in the EC matrix was evaluated in the presence of nonadecafluorodecanoic acid and tetrabutyl ammonium hydroxide. When exposed to CO_2, the sensing films exhibited 76% of overall relative signal change and responded to CO_2 over a wide range: 1%-100 % (v/v). However, the slope of the spectral response between 1% and 5% (v/v) is more significant. The response time (\tau_{90}) was 15 s, and limit of detection (LOD) was 0.3% (v/v) CO_2. The stability of SB in the EC matrix was excellent, and when stored in the ambient air of the laboratory there was no significant drift in signal intensity after 6 months. Our stability tests are still in progress.


Absorbance, carbon dioxide, CO_2, gas sensor, Schiff base

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