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ACS Omega. 2017 Oct 31;2(10):7444-7450. doi: 10.1021/acsomega.7b01141.

Capillary-Driven Sensor Fabrication of Polydiacetylene-on-Silica Plate in 30 Seconds: Facile Utilization of π-Monomers with C18- to C25-Long Alkyl Chain.

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Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and KU-KIST Graduate School of Converging Science and Technology, Korea University, Seoul 02841, Korea.


By utilizing the capillary-force-driven action, a novel polydiacetylene-based sensor on the porous silica plate was developed within 30 s for π-diacetylene monomers with variable chain lengths. This method enables one to utilize diacetylene monomers even with the shorter alkyl chain length of C18-C21, which has not been possible with conventional methods. The invented sensor platform employing shorter monomers was found to perform better, as was demonstrated for gaseous and aqueous analytes, i.e., ammonia gas and nucleic acids in aqueous phase. This new polydiacetylene platform opens up the development of quick and easy fabrication and the use of chemical and biochemical chips.

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