|Title||Selective Detection of Ethylene Gas Using Carbon Nanotube-Based Devices: Utility in Determination of Fruit Ripeness.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2012|
|Authors||Esser, B, Schnorr, JM, Swager, TM|
|Journal||Angewandte Chemie, International Edition|
Ethylene is the smallest ripening hormone in plants. In their Communication (DOI: 10.1002/anie.201201042), T. M. Swager et al. show that from a simple mixture of single-walled carbon nanotubes and a copper(I) complex, chemoresistive devices can be prepared that are highly sensitive and selective to sub-ppm concentrations of ethylene. The utility of the sensor was demonstrated by following ripening stages in different fruits.