A hydrogel sensing film for a real-time and indicator-free detection of Zn2+ is developed by embedding a fluorescent indicator 11,16-bis(phenyl)-6,6,21,21-tetramethyl-m-benzi-6,21-porphodimethene in a hydrogel host poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate). The sensing film shows high stability and selectivity to Zn2+. The sensitivity of the sensing film is increased by fabricating a micron-sized pillar array on the surface of the sensing film to increase the surface area. For Zn2+ concentrations of 10-4 and 10-3 M, the response time is 30 and 3 s, respectively.
- Signaling molecule
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Materials Chemistry
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering