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Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 40, Issue 17, pp 4523-4530

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Spectroscopic studies and evanescent optical fibre wave sensing of Cu2+ based on activated mesostructured silica matrix

  • Othman Belhadj MiledAffiliated withDépartement de Physique, Faculté des Sciences de Monastir, Avenue de l’environnement Email author 
  • , Clément SanchezAffiliated withLaboratoire Chimie de la Matière Condensée, UMR 7574 Université Paris VI
  • , Jacques LivageAffiliated withLaboratoire Chimie de la Matière Condensée, UMR 7574 Université Paris VI

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Abstract

This paper report on the synthesis and test of eriochrome cyanine R (ECR) doped mesostructured silica films as Cu2+ sensing without prior removal of the surfactant. ECR activated mesostructured silica (via sol-gel technique) coated optical fibre core were used to Cu2+ sensing by evanescent wave method. The sol was prepared via acidic hydrolysis-condensation of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) in the presence of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB:C16H33NCH3Br) as the structure-directing agent. Spectrophotometric investigations using doped sol-gel thin films dip-coated on glass slides were reported. Heat treatment temperature effect (optimum temperature 150°C), absorption dependence on the pH of the aqueous phase (pH = 8 seems to be the optimal absorption pH), sensitivity, reversibility and response range (0.05 mmol/l) were reported.