Colorimetric detection of hydrogen sulfide in ambient air
We present a fast method to monitor hydrogen sulfide (H2S) in ambient air based on a visible color change. Therefore, an immobilized copper(II) complex of the azo dye 1-(2-pyridylazo)-2-naphtol (H-PAN) was synthesized and prepared in a matrix for screen printing. Different materials, reaching from opaque paper to transparent foils served as substrate. The reaction of the copper(II) complex (Cu-PAN) to the target gas H2S was measured in reflection via UV/VIS spectroscopy.