Advanced Materials

Polymer benzo[15] crown-5 complexes as sensor materials for solvent vapors—aromatic halogenated hydrocarbons and polar solvents

Authors

  • Prof. Franz L. Dickert,

    1. Institut für Physikalische und Theoretische Chemie der Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg Egerlandstraße 3, D-8520 Erlangen (FRG)
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  • Dr. Doris Zeltner

    1. Institut für Physikalische und Theoretische Chemie der Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg Egerlandstraße 3, D-8520 Erlangen (FRG)
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  • This work was supported by Siemens AG, Central Research and Development (ZFE F1 AMF 32, Dr. G. Mages), and the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie.

Abstract

For the first time thin layers of polymer-metal complexes with crown ether ligands (see figure) have been applied as sensor materials for the detection of solvent vapors. The hydrophobic properties of these films enable the detection through conductivity measurements of even halogenated and aromatic hydrocarbons.

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