Instant pH sensor based on the functionalized cellulose for detecting strong acid leaks

Hoseong Jeong, Byung Jun Jung, Jae Hyun Kim, Seung Ho Choi, Yoon Jung Lee, Kang Su Kim

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Acid spills cause large-scale environmental damage and casualties. To respond to such incidents, a sensor capable of detecting acid leaks is required. Cellulose is a useful substrate material for the fast detection of acid leaks because it has high hydrophilicity and porosity. On the other hand, methods of manufacturing cellulose-based sensors are still complicated or time-consuming. Thus, in this study, a simple and rapid synthesis method for a cellulose-based pH sensor was proposed. The functionalization of ?-cellulose was achieved via chloroacetyl chloride, and Congo red was covalently immobilized to the functionalized cellulose for detecting strong acids. The manufacturing process was composed of two steps as above and finished within 8 h. The developed sensor exhibited absorbance changes in the pH range of 0.2 to 3.0, and response time was shorter than 1 s. A prototype system using this sensor was manufactured and tested, and it detected acid leaks easily and quickly.

Original languageEnglish
Article number211660
JournalRoyal Society Open Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2022


  • Fibre optic sensor
  • cellulose
  • covalent immobilization
  • ph sensor
  • strong acids


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