Highly sensitive BTX detection using surface functionalized QCM sensor

Bozkurt A. A., Özdemir O., Altındal A.

9th International Physics Conference of the Balkan Physical Union, BPU 2015, İstanbul, Turkey, 24 - 27 August 2015, vol.1722 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 1722
  • Doi Number: 10.1063/1.4944238
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


A novel organic compound was designed and successfully synthesized for the fabrication of QCM based sensors to detect the low concentrations of BTX gases in indoor air. The effect of the long-range electron orbital delocalization on the BTX vapour sensing properties of azo-bridged Pcs based chemiresistor-type sensors have also been investigated in this work. The sensing behaviour of the film for the online detection of volatile organic solvent vapors was investigated by utilizing an AT-cut quartz crystal resonator. It was observed that the adsorption of the target molecules on the coating surface cause a reversible negative frequency shift of the resonator. Thus, a variety of solvent vapors can be detected by using the phthalocyanine film as sensitive coating, with sensitivity in the ppm range and response times in the order of several seconds depending on the molecular structure of the organic solvent.