Visible light induced photoacid generation within plasticiczed PVC membranes for copper (II) ion extraction

Xiaojiang Xie, Günter Mistlberger, Eric Bakker*

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We present here an approach for light induced generation of lipophilic cation-exchangers in plasticized PVC membranes. Using camphorquinone as photosensitizer, a lipophilic cationic photoacid generator can produce protons under visible light illumination and endow the polymeric membrane with ion-exchanging property. After light illumination, the membrane containing a Cu2+ ionophore, is able to extract Cu2+ ions from the contacting aqueous solution. The acid generation upon light irradiation is relatively fast (ca. 100 s). The Cu2+ extraction process was imaged with fluorescence microscopy using Calcein, a fluorescence indicator whose fluorescence is quenched by Cu2+. Such a technique may form a new platform for light triggered ion concentration perturbation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)807-810
JournalSensors and Actuators B: Chemical
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Fields of Expertise

  • Advanced Materials Science

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  • Basic - Fundamental (Grundlagenforschung)

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