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Belge, G. ; Beyerlein, D. ; Betsch, C. ; Eichhorn, K.-J. ; Gauglitz, G. ; Grundke, K. ; Voit, B.
Suitability of Hyperbranched Polyester for sensoric applications - Investigation with Reflectometric Interference Spectroscopy

Hyperbranched polyesters (HBP) with different end groups (P-OH, P-COOH, P-OAc) were prepared as thin films. Their surface properties were investigated using zeta potential and contact angle measurements. The differences in surface properties between P-OH and P-COOH, on the one hand, and P-OAc, on the other hand, predicted different behavior in sensoric applications. Therefore, the vapor of the homologous series of alcohols from methanol to pentanol was exposed to the thin films. Changes in thickness were observed with reflectometric interference spectroscopy (RIfS). First investigations in a current analytical problem for the detection and discrimination of refrigerants (freons) using P-OH as sensitive layer have been shown. Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and poly(ether urethane) (PUT) were used as reference sensor materials for the RIfS measurements.

Source
Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 374

Pages
403-411

DOI
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00216-002-1496-3

Published
October 2002
 
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