Analytical Instrumentation, Methods & Materials
Functional Surfaces For Liquid Crystal-Based Detection Of Chlorine Gas
Inventors: Emmanouil Mavrikakis, Nicholas Abbott, Tibor Szilvasi, Nanqi Bao, Huaizhe Yu
Liquid crystal-based devices for detecting chlorine in a sample and methods of using such devices to detect chlorine are disclosed. Such devices have a substrate surface that includes either metal cations or a metal that is in contact with a composition that includes a liquid crystal. When the device is contacted with a sample that contains chlorine, an observed change in the orientational ordering of the liquid crystal signals the presence of the chlorine. In the absence of chlorine, no change in orientational ordering occurs.