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Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society (BKCS)

ISSN 0253-2964(Print)
ISSN 1229-5949(Online)
Volume 33, Number 9
BKCSDE 33(9)
September 20, 2012 


Ionic Liquid/Styrene-Acrylonitrile Copolymer Nanofibers as Chemiresistor for Alcohol Vapours

Minjae Kim, Eunsoo Kang, Dong Wha Park, Bong Sup Shim, Sang Eun Shim*
Ionic liquid, Styrene-Acrylonitrile copolymer, Electrospinning, Nanofibers, Sensor
SAN/BMIPF6 nanofibers were fabricated by an electrospinning process and used as chemiresistors for sensing alcohol vapours. A hydrophobic and air-stable ionic liquid, BMIPF6, was used to impart electrical conductivity to insulating SAN nanofibers. The effects of BMIPF6 addition on the morphology of the nanofibers were explained in terms of surface tension, viscosity and conductivity. After exposing the SAN/BMIPF6 nanofibers collected on an interdigitated electrode to alcohol vapours (ethanol, 1-propanol and 1-butanol), the resistance of the nanofibers decreased due to adsorption of alcohol molecules. The electrospun SAN/BMIPF6 nanofibers sensor exhibited good sensitivity and reproducibility.
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