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Phosphonium dicyanamide ionogel incorporating bromophenol blue dye as a versatile platform for monitoring pH in solution

Curto, Vincenzo F. and Byrne, Robert and Diamond, Dermot and Benito-Lopez, Fernando (2011) Phosphonium dicyanamide ionogel incorporating bromophenol blue dye as a versatile platform for monitoring pH in solution. In: 4th Congress on Ionic Liquids COIL-2011, 15-18 June 2011, Washington.

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Abstract

Online monitoring of pH levels in different environments such as bio-engineering and chemistry is vital for effective control of many critical industrial processes. The most common chemical parameter monitored is pH, and there is an increasing interest in the fabrication of robust, cheap and versatile pH sensing materials that can be easily integrated within existing industrial technologies. Ideally these materials present low fouling and do not require calibration, thus minimising manual attention over long operational intervals. In this work we present an innovative material (ionogel) that integrates pH-sensing capabilities for continuously measuring pH during chemical or biological processes. The ionogel is a solid, flexible and easily to pattern material generated using tetrabutylphosponium dicyanamide ionic liquid, hydrogel polymer (N-isopropylacrylamide and N,N-methylene-bis(acrylamide)) and a pH sensitive dye (Bromophenol Blue). Figure 1 shows the UV spectra of the ionogel-dye in an acidic and a basic pH environment as well as the pictures of the ionogels. A substantial colour variation is observed as the pH changes that can be monitored visually or optically. We incorporated the photoresponsive dye during photo-polymerisation of the monomer to improve stability, for example, by preventing leaching of the dye from the ionogel into the sample phase. This strategy was not found to inhibit the sensitivity of the optical response.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Event Type:Conference
Refereed:No
Uncontrolled Keywords:pH mearuements; environment
Subjects:Physical Sciences > Analytical chemistry
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science and Health > School of Chemical Sciences
Research Initiatives and Centres > National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR)
Research Initiatives and Centres > CLARITY: The Centre for Sensor Web Technologies
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:16454
Deposited On:25 Jul 2011 14:46 by Vincenzo Curto. Last Modified 25 Jul 2011 14:46

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