Optical chemical sensing of pH and water content in organic solvents is proposed, using multiinformation dyes (MIDs) based on the support matrixes for the dyes. In this investigation, four kinds of merocyanine-type dyes having a polymerizable olefin unit as the MIDs were synthesized. These dyes were copolymerized with hydrophilic monomer molecules to obtain dye-immobilized optical chemical sensor (optode) membranes. In this case, selection of the monomer molecule gave optode membranes having different color change properties, because different monomer molecules provided different chemical environments around the immobilized dye. These optode membranes were used for the measurement of pH and water content in organic solvents. These membranes offered two-dimensional sensing information in one spectrum when they were employed for water content sensing in organic solvents, in which the maximum wavelength represents the water content and the absorbance at this wavelength represents the pH of the water present. These polymer membranes have a long lifetime, which can be adequate for practical use.
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