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Corroles-Porphyrins: A Teamwork for Gas Sensor Arrays

Department of Electronic Engineering, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Via Politecnico 1,00133 Roma, Italy
Department of Chemical Science and Technology, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Via della Ricerca Scientifica, 00133 Roma, Italy
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Academic Editor: Peter Lieberzeit
Sensors 2015, 15(4), 8121-8130;
Received: 2 March 2015 / Revised: 30 March 2015 / Accepted: 2 April 2015 / Published: 8 April 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mass-Sensitive Sensors Based on Biomimetic Recognition)
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Porphyrins provide an excellent material for chemical sensors, and they have been used for sensing species both in air and solution. In the gas phase, the broad selectivity of porphyrins is largely dependant on molecular features, such as the metal ion complexed at the core of the aromatic ring and the peripheral substituents. Although these features have been largely exploited to design gas sensor arrays, so far, little attention has been devoted to modify the sensing properties of these macrocycles by variation of the molecular aromatic ring. In this paper, the gas sensing properties of a porphyrin analog, the corrole, are studied in comparison with those of the parent porphyrin. Results show that changes in the aromatic ring have important consequences on the sensitivity and selectivity of the sensors and that porphyrins and corroles can positively cooperate to enhance the performance of sensor arrays. View Full-Text
Keywords: corroles; porphyrins; quartz microbalance; volatile organic compounds corroles; porphyrins; quartz microbalance; volatile organic compounds
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Capuano, R.; Pomarico, G.; Paolesse, R.; Di Natale, C. Corroles-Porphyrins: A Teamwork for Gas Sensor Arrays. Sensors 2015, 15, 8121-8130.

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