Rapid responsible optical CO2 sensor of the combination of colorimetric change of α-naphtholphthalein in poly(trimethylsiliylpropyne) layer and internal reference fluorescent porphyrin in polystyrene layer

Yutaka Amao, Tasuku Komori, Hiroyuki Nishide

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An optical CO2 sensor based on the overlay of the CO2 induced absorbance change of pH indicator dye α-naphtholphthalein in poly(trimethylsiliypropyne) (poly(TMSP))layer with the fluorescence of tetraphenylporphyrin (TPP) in polystyrene layer is developed. The observed luminescence intensity from TPP at 655 nm increased with increasing the CO 2 concentration. The ratio I100/I0 value of the sensing film, where I0 and I100 represent the detected luminescence intensities from a layer exposed to 100% argon and 100% CO 2, respectively, that the sensitivity of the sensor, is estimated to be 10.3. The response and recovery times of the sensing film are less than 3.0 s for switching from argon to CO2, and for switching from CO 2 to argon. The signal changes are fully reversible and no hysteresis is observed during the measurements. The highly sensitive and fast responsible optical CO2 sensor based on fluorescence intensity changes of TPP due to the absorption change of α-naphtholphthalein with CO2 is achieved using poly(TMSP) film.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-41
Number of pages7
JournalReactive and Functional Polymers
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Apr



  • α- Naphtholphthalein
  • Colorimetric change
  • Optical CO sensor
  • pH indicator
  • Poly(trimethylsiliypropyne)
  • Porphyrin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics

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