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Optical fiber-based heavy metal detection using the Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance technique

Dhara, P., Kumar, R., Binetti, L. , Nguyen, H., Alwis, L., Sun, T. ORCID: 0000-0003-3861-8933 & Grattan, K. T. V. ORCID: 0000-0003-2250-3832 (2019). Optical fiber-based heavy metal detection using the Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance technique. IEEE Sensors Journal, 19(19), pp. 8720-8726. doi: 10.1109/jsen.2019.2921701


An innovative, reflection-based localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) fiber-optic sensor has been developed and demonstrated to detect the concentration of several heavy metal lead ions in an aqueous solution. By using a self-assembling technique, gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) have been immobilized on an optical fiber surface and functionalized with 1,1-Mercaptoundecanoic acid (MUA; HS(CH2)10CO2H) in order to make the fiber selective to each the important heavy metal ion, Pb2+ or Cd2+. The concentration of the heavy metal then can be determined from the link between binding rate and the shift of the LSPR resonance wavelength. The Pb2+ ion sensitivity of the sensor thus created has been determined to be 0.28 nm/mM, with a typical response time of 30 seconds. Importantly, the probe has been shown to be reversible through a simple process involving the use of Ethylenedinitrilotetraacetic acid (EDTA;(HO2CCH2)2NCH2 CH2N(CH2CO2H)2) chelator to remove the bound heavy metal ion.

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Publisher Keywords: Optical fiber sensor, Gold nanoparticles, Heavy metal sensor, Localized surface plasmon resonance, Lead-chelator
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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