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Monday, 25 June 2018

An optical carbon dioxide sensor integrating MOFs onto bimodal optical waveguides

Two ICN2 Groups co-author a recent work published in Journal of Materials Chemistry A. Blanca Chocarro is the first author of a work presenting an optical CO2 sensor fabricated by integration of a self-assembled, transparent film of zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 (ZIF-8) nanoparticles onto bimodal optical waveguides.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a known pollutant that affects the performance of humans in workplaces, schools and other indoor areas. Thus, the development of devices for sensing and monitoring CO2 levels is crucial for many fields such as food packaging and for human safety indoors. The ICN2 Groups led by Prof. Laura M. Lechuga, NanoBiosensors and Bioanalytical Applications Group, and ICREA Prof. Daniel Maspoch, Supramolecular NanoChemistry and Materials Group, recently published a shared article tackling this issue in Journal of Materials Chemistry A. Blanca Chocarro, who is developing her PhD in collaboration with both Groups thanks to an FPI fellowship linked to the ICN2 Severo Ochoa Programme, is the first author of the work.

The work published as an Advanced Article in the journal website, details the fabrication of an optical CO2 sensor by integration of a metal-organic framework (MOF) onto bimodal optical waveguides. This sensor is constructed via self-assembly of a transparent film of zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 (ZIF-8) nanoparticles (size: 32 ± 5 nm) on the waveguides.

The sensor showed a broad linear response, with limit of detections of 3130 ppm at room temperature and 774 ppm at 278 K; values that are below the threshold for CO2 monitoring in food packaging and for human safety indoors. Furthermore, it is robust, selective, fast and reusable, and can be stored under humid conditions with no loss in performance. The present results should enable the development of fully integrated MOF-based sensors for in situ gas sensing and other in situ practical applications.

 

Article reference:

Blanca Chocarro-Ruiz, Javier Pérez-Carvajal, Civan Avci, Olalla Calvo-Lozano, Maria Isabel Alonso, Daniel Maspoch and Laura M. Lechuga. A CO2 optical sensor based on self-assembled metal–organic framework nanoparticles. J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018, Advance Article. DOI: 10.1039/C8TA02767F
http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2018/ta/c8ta02767f#!divAbstract