Optical CO 2 sensing with ionic liquid doped electrospun nanofibers

Aydogdu S., ERTEKİN K., Suslu A., Ozdemir M., ÇELİK E., Cocen U.

Journal of Fluorescence, vol.21, no.2, pp.607-613, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Abstract
  • Volume: 21 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10895-010-0748-4
  • Journal Name: Journal of Fluorescence
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.607-613
  • Keywords: Electrospinning, Electrospun nano fiber, Nano-scale CO 2 sensor, Optical CO 2 sensor
  • Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University Affiliated: Yes


The first use of electrospun nanofibrous materials as highly responsive fluorescence quenching-based optical CO 2 sensors is reported. Poly(methyl methacrylate) and ethyl cellulose were used as polymeric materials. Sensing slides were fabricated by electrospinning technique. A fiber-optic bundle was used for the gas detection. CO 2 sensors based on the change in the fluorescence signal intensity of ion pair form of 8-hydroxypyrene-1,3,6-trisulfonic acid (HPTS). The sensor slides showed high sensitivities due to the high surface area-to-volume ratio of the nanofibrous membrane structures. The preliminary results of Stern-Volmer analysis show that the sensitivities of electrospun nanofibrous membranes to detect CO 2 are 24 to 120 fold higher than those of the thin film based sensors. The response times of the sensing reagents were short and the signal changes were fully reversible. The stability of ion pair form of HPTS in the employed matrix materials was excellent and when stored in the ambient air of the laboratory there was no significant drift in signal intensity after 7 months. Our stability tests are still in progress. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.