Simple detection of food spoilage using polydiacetylene/poly(vinyl alcohol) hybrid films

Sera Park, Gil Sun Lee, Chunzhi Cui, Dong June Ahn

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Polydiacetylene (PDA)/poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) hybrid films are investigated for detection of ammonia gas generated by the food spoilage process. The films were obtained by mixing solutions containing diacetylene vesicles and aqueous PVA, and then drying. The films, which consist of carboxylic-acid-terminated PDA, showed a blue-to-red color transition upon reaction with ammonia gas. Through Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) analysis, we found that the observed color transition resulted from an ionic interaction between the carboxyl group of PDA and ammonia gas. In addition, patterned films were fabricated by selective UV irradiation through a photomask. Finally, the PDA/PVA hybrid films were found to show a color transition after reaction with real proteinic food at 25 °C. These results verify that the PDA/PVA hybrid films can be used for easier and more convenient real- time detection of food spoilage by the naked eye. [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)380-384
Number of pages5
JournalMacromolecular Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Apr 1


  • ammonia detection
  • food spoilage
  • poly(vinyl alcohol)
  • polydiacetylene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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