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Materials Chemistry


A thin film sensor for the detection of volatile organic compounds (VOC) was fabricated by deposition of oligo-aniline grafted tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) onto a glass substrate. The oligo-aniline motifs were conjugated onto the TMV surface by a traditional diazonium coupling reaction to tyrosine residues followed by Cu(I) catalyzed alkyne-azide cycloaddition (CuAAC) reaction. The modified TMV was easily fabricated into a thin film by directly drop coating onto a glass substrate. Upon integration of the glass substrate into a prototypical device, the virus-based thin film exhibited good sensitivity and selectivity toward ethanol and methanol vapour.

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© Journal of Materials Chemistry 2010, Royal Society of Chemistry.

APA Citation

Bruckman, M., Liu, J., Koley, G., Li, Y., Benicewicz, B., Niu, Z., & Wang, Q. (2010). Tobacco Mosaic Virus Based Thin Film Sensor for Detection of Volatile Organic Compounds. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 20(27), 5715–5719.