Ammonia gas-sensing characteristics of fluorescence-based poly(2-(acetoacetoxy)ethyl methacrylate) thin films

Jing He, Tong Yi Zhang, Guohua Chen

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Novel fluorescent poly(2-(acetoacetoxy)ethyl methacrylate)(PAAEMA) latexes have been synthesized by miniemulsion polymerization employing a polymeric costabilizer. Nanoscale aggregates of macromolecules bearing β-dicarbonyl are formed in the prepared latex particles. Ammonia and the β-dicarbonyl aggregates assemble a supramolecular complex, which exhibits strong visible fluorescence under UV light. The formation of the complex is confirmed by the characteristic absorption peak located at about 275. nm in UV-Vis spectra. The absorption spectrum has been found to be applicable for ammonia detection. Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) studies of surface morphology reveal that gas-sensing properties of the PAAEMA thin films involve the reversible absorption and desorption of ammonia. PAAEMA thin films are sensitive to ammonia gas and have a short response time of 80. s when exposed to 54. ppm of ammonia gas concentration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-101
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Colloid and Interface Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • β-Dicarbonyl aggregation
  • Ammonia sensing
  • Fluorescent chemosensor
  • Polymer thin film
  • Supramolecular complex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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