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In this work we report a comprehensive study leading to the fabrication of a prototype sensor for environmental benzene monitoring. The required high selectivity and ppb-level sensitivity are obtained by coupling a silicon-integrated concentration unit containing the specifically designed EtQxBox cavitand to a miniaturized PID detector. In the resulting stand-alone sensor, the EtQxBox receptor acts at the same time as highly sensitive preconcentrator for BTEX and GC-like separation phase, allowing for the selective desorption of benzene over TEX. The binding energies of the complexes between EtQxBox and BTX are calculated through molecular mechanics calculations. The examination of the corresponding crystal structures confirms the trend determined by computational studies, with the number of C–H···N and CH···π interactions increasing from 6 to 9 along the series from benzene to o-xylene. The analytical …
American Chemical Society
Publication date: 
28 Apr 2017

Jakub W Trzcinski, Roberta Pinalli, Nicolò Riboni, Alessandro Pedrini, Federica Bianchi, Stefano Zampolli, Ivan Elmi, Chiara Massera, Franco Ugozzoli, Enrico Dalcanale

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Volume: 2 Issue: 4 Pages: 590-598
ACS sensors