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