Award Date

1-1-2005

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Chemistry

First Committee Member

David W. Hatchett

Number of Pages

78

Abstract

This thesis is focused on developing an optical oxygen sensor, to detect oxygen content in sealed packages. The oxygen sensor material was developed using tris(4,7-diphenyl-1,10-phenanthroline)ruthenium(II) dichloride, a well known oxygen sensitive dye. The [Ru(Ph2Phen)3](Cl) 2 dye was incorporated into a polyacrylate polymer in the first step. A plasticizer (dioctylphthalate) was then added to the polymer/ruthenium mixture to improve the oxygen permeability of the sensor material. Optimum composition films were identified by the analysis of fluorescence lifetime decay curves using the OxySense 101 Analyzer. After optimizing each component in the order of polymer, ruthenium and plasticizer, the solution mixture was cured for a minimum of 24 hrs. at 60°C to produce the final cured polymer/ruthenium/plasticizer material. The optimized sensor material was reconstituted and cast onto suitable substrates before testing. The final optimized, cured sensor material contained 0.005 g Ru per 1 g polymer and 1 g dioctylphthalate per 1 g of polymer.

Keywords

Complex; Optical; Optimization; Oxygen; Polymer; Ruthenium; Sensor

Controlled Subject

Polymers; Polymerization; Chemistry; Chemistry, Analytic

File Format

pdf

File Size

1822.72 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

Permissions

If you are the rightful copyright holder of this dissertation or thesis and wish to have the full text removed from Digital Scholarship@UNLV, please submit a request to digitalscholarship@unlv.edu and include clear identification of the work, preferably with URL.

Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/tfma-x5ll


Share

COinS