Characterization of N-cyclohexylmethacrylamide LB thin films for room temperature vapor sensor application
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This study reports the synthesis, characterization and gas sensing applications of N-cyclohexylmethacrylamide (NCMA) monomer material using FT-IR, H-1 and C-13 NMR, UV-visible spectroscopy, Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM) and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) thin film deposition techniques. The thin film deposition conditions of NCMA monomer material, which are prepared by LB film technique, are characterized by UV-visible spectroscopy and QCM system. The sensing behaviors of the LB film with respect to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) at room temperature are investigated. Surface pressure change as a function of surface area of NCMA molecule at the water surface shows a well-organized and stable monolayer at 18 mN m(-1) surface pressure value for LB film deposition. Transfer ratio values are found to be >= 0.94 for quartz glass and >= 0.93 for quartz crystal substrate. The typical frequency shift per layer is obtained 20.10 Hz/layer and the deposited mass onto a quartz crystal is calculated as 824.62 ng/layer. The sensing responses of the LB films against chloroform, dichloromethane, acetone, toluene, benzene and ethanol are measured by QCM system. The sensitivities of the NCMA LB film sensor are determined between 0.085 and 0.029 Hz ppm(-1). Sensitivities with detection limits are between 35.29 and 100.33 ppm against organic vapors. These results can be concluded that the monomer LB film sample is found to be significantly more sensitive to chloroform and dichloromethane vapors than others organic vapors used in this work. This material may find potential applications in the development of room temperature organic vapor sensing.