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C‑QDs@UiO-66-(COOH)2 Composite Film via Electrophoretic Deposition for Temperature Sensing

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posted on 2018-02-13, 17:53 authored by Ji-fei Feng, Shui-ying Gao, Jianlin Shi, Tian-fu Liu, Rong Cao
Temperature plays a crucial role in both scientific research and industry. However, traditional temperature sensors, such as liquid-filled thermometers, thermocouples, and transistors, require contact to obtain heat equilibrium between the probe and the samples during the measurement. In addition, traditional temperature sensors have limitations when being used to detect the temperature change of fast-moving samples at smaller scales. Herein, the carbon quantum dots (C-QDs) functionalized metal–organic framework (MOF) composite film, a novel contactless solid optical thermometer, has been prepared via electrophoretic deposition (EPD). Instead of terephthalic acid (H2BDC), 1′,2′,4′,5′-benzenetetracarboxylic (H4BTEC) acid was employed to construct a UiO-66 framework to present two uncoordinated carboxylic groups decorated on the pore surface. The uncoordinated carboxylic groups can generate negative charges, which facilitates the deposition of film on the positive electrode during the EPD process. Moreover, UiO-66-(COOH)2 MOFs can absorb C-QDs from the solution and prevent C-QDs from aggregating, and the well-dispersed C-QDs impart fluorescence characteristics to composites. As-synthesized composite film was successfully used to detect temperature change in the range of 97–297 K with a relative sensitivity up to 1.3% K–1 at 297 K.

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