- Standardize sodium bicarbonate solution
- Run UV-vis on porphyrin films
- Test swelling on all crosslinked glutaraldehyde films
- Test the time necessary to facilitate a color change in various porphyrin using Fe2(SO4)3 solution, Al2(SO4)3 solution and Na2SO4.
- Run UV-vis on color changed porphyrin films
UV-vis porhyrin films
General protocol for UV-vis on porphyrin films:
- Remove crosslinked porphyrin films from deionized H2O and pat dry using a paper towel
- Using a quartz cuvette as a guide, cut a strip of paper the same width as the quartz cuvette.
- Using the strip of paper as a guide and scissors(or a similar sharp instrument) carefully cut the porphyrin film the same width as the paper reference. When cutting the film, try and use a smooth portion of film.
- Measure the thickness of the film. This will be used as the pathlength.
- Using forceps, carefully place the cut strip of film in a clean quartz cuvette.
- Using a spatula, gently press the film against the cuvette.
- Carefully place the cuvette into the Shimadzu 2550 spectrophotometer.
- Measure following the general protocol for UV-vis measurements
Porphyrin film UV-vis pathlengths:
||Thickness of film(mm)
| 2.4394g PVOH(22K)+0.5mLGA+0.99mL porphyrin prepared 10/19||0.77
| PVOH(22K) 1.0073+1.0mL GA+1mL porphyrin prepared 10/24||0.79
| PVOH(22K) 1.02114g+0.5mL GA+1mL porphyrin prepared 10/26||1.01
| PVOH(22K) 1.0067g+1mL GA+1mL porphyrin||1.27
| PVOH(22K) 1.05225g+ 0.5mL GA+1mL porphyrin prepared 10/24||0.8
Standardization of sodium bicarbonate
New weights of PHP used:
- The general protocol for titrations was used. The sodium bicarbonate solution prepared2012/11/09 was used as the base. Three drops of bromothymol blue was added each PHP solution.
||Initial Volume (mL)
||Final volume (mL)
||Total volume used(mL)
Swelling for GA films
General Protocol for film swelling:
- Cut small piece of crosslinked glutaraldehyde films and place in small beaker. Allow to completely dry for ~48 hours
- Weigh small piece of film. Record mass.
- Place dry piece of film in 10mL beaker and add 10mL HPLC grade H2O to completely cover the film. Parafilm the beaker and allow to sit for three days.
- Reweigh the film. Record the mass.
Please refer to Melissa Novy's lab notebook for swelling information.
- Small pieces of film used for FTIR measurement were used for swelling information.
- All films experienced an increase in mass, which indicated the ability to reswell.
- Their was a noted difference between the swelling of films in which 0.5mL of GA was used as opposed to 1mL of GA. The crosslinking of 0.5mL GA did not inhibit swelling. In comparison, the crosslinking of the films in which 1mL GA was sufficient enough to inhibit swelling
Color Change of porphyrin films