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Oxygen Sensors Based on Luminescence Quenching: Interactions of Tris(4,7-diphenyl-1,10- phenanthroline)ruthenium(II) Chloride and Pyrene with Polymer Supports

Volume 51, Number 9 (Sept. 1997) Page 1346-1351

Kneas, Kristi A.; Xu, Wenying; Demas, J.N.; Degraff, B.A.

Oxygen quenching of [Ru(Ph2phen)3]Cl2 (Ph2phen = 4,7-diphenyl2 1,10-phenanthroline) and pyrene has been studied in a series of polymer networks of Gp-163 (a methacryloxy functional polydimethylsiloxane) co-polymerized with one of several co-monomers: styrene, trimethylsilyl-methylmethacrylate (T3642), vinyl-tris(2- methoxy-ethoxy)silane, or vinyl-tris(trimethylsiloxy)silane. Sensor performance was studied as a function of the polymer composition in order to delineate the important features for satisfactory O sen2 sor supports. Quenching behavior was examined as a function of polymer structure, including amount and type of co-monomer. This work shows that the earlier two-domain model is too simplistic. The relative affinities of the different domains for the [Ru(Ph2phen)3]Cl2 and pyrene and the efficacy of the domains for O2 quenching are important; however, subtle changes in microstructure within domains can also strongly affect behavior. In particular, T3642 exhibits excellent structural and good quenching properties with [Ru(Ph2phen)2]Cl2.