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Development of a fiber-optic chemical sensor for the detection of cadmium

Nguyen, T.H., Wren, S., Sun, T. & Grattan, K. T. V. (2017). Development of a fiber-optic chemical sensor for the detection of cadmium. Proceedings of IEEE Sensors, doi: 10.1109/ICSENS.2016.7808852


The detection of cadmium in the environment is very important and in this work the development of an optical fiber chemical sensor for the detection of Cd2+ is described. To achieve this, an optical fiber-based technique has been developed using a sensing layer containing a coumarin fluorophore and dipicolylamine receptor. This was covalently attached to the distal end of an optical fiber and exhibited a significant increase in fluorescence intensity in response to Cd2+ in the μM concentration range via a photoinduced electron transfer (PET) mechanism. Selectivity for Cd2+ over other metal ions has also been demonstrated showing the value of the approach for environmental measurements.

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Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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