A composite thin film optical sensor for dissolved oxygen in contaminated aqueous environments

R. N. Gillanders, M. C. Tedford, P. J. Crilly, R. T. Bailey

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A robust optical composite thin film dissolved oxygen sensor was fabricated by ionically trapping the dye ruthenium(II) tris(4,7-diphenyl-1,10- phenanthroline) dichloride in a blended fluoropolymer matrix consisting of Nafion®and Aflas®. Strong phosphorescence, which was strongly quenched by dissolved oxygen (DO), was observed when the sensor was immersed in water. The sensor was robust, optically transparent, with good mechanical properties. Fast response, of a few seconds, coupled with sensitivity of about 0.1 mg L-1(DO) over the range 0-30 mg L-1and resistance to leaching, were also exhibited by this system. The Stern-Volmer (SV) plot exhibited slight downward turning at all oxygen concentrations. A linear plot was obtained when the SV equation was modified to account for the varying sensitivity of dye molecules in the matrix to the quencher. Good long term stability was observed. © 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-194
Number of pages6
JournalAnalytica Chimica Acta
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Aflas®
  • Dissolved oxygen
  • Nafion®
  • Phosphorescence
  • Ruthenium(II) complex
  • Sensor


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