The lack of sensors for continuous and extensive detection of vapor pollutants is a concern for health and safety. Colorimetric sensors, such as polymer distributed Bragg reflectors, could achieve this task thanks to their low cost and easy signal transduction, but are affected by low vapor permeability and lack of selectivity without chemical labels. We demonstrate label-free selective sensing of organic volatile compounds by all-polymer Bragg reflectors relying on a high free volume hybrid inorganic-polymer nanocomposite to achieve vapor permeability, and on different intercalation kinetic of organic analytes to achieve selectivity.

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