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Molecules (Basel, Switzerland)

Green Synthesis of Novel Polyaniline Nanofibers: Application in pH Sensing.


PMID 26473820

Abstract

An optically active polyaniline nanomaterial (PANI-Nap), doped with (S)-naproxen, was developed and evaluated as a potent pH sensor. We synthesized the material in one pot by the addition of the dopant, (S)-naproxen, prior to polymerization, followed by the addition of the oxidizing agent (ammonium persulfate) that causes polymerization of the aniline. This green chemistry approach allowed us to take only 1 h to produce a water-soluble and stable nanomaterial. UV-visible spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, FT-IR spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were used to characterize the designed nanomaterial. This nanomaterial exhibited excellent pH sensing properties and showed long term stability (up to one month) without loss of sensor performance.

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