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Evaluation of molecularly imprinted polyurethane as an optical waveguide for PAH sensing
Department of Chemistry, PSU, Portland, OR.
2004 (English)In: NANOSENSING: MATERIALS AND DEVICES, 2004, Vol. 5593, 513-520 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

We developed a numerical model for the fluorescence output efficiency of a molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) waveguide sensing system. A polyurethane waveguide imprinted with a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) molecule was fabricated using micromolding in capillaries. The coupling of light into a 5 mm long MIP segment was verified by comparing the output transmission signals of a deuterium lamp from the MIP waveguide collected by, an optical fiber with the background lamp signals collected by the same optical fiber. It was found that polyurethane MIP was an effective waveguide but absorbed much shorter wavelengths, especially ill the UV region. thereby the transmission of light appeared orange/red in color. The high background absorption of polyurethane in the spectrometric regions of interest was found to be a critical problem for sensor sensitivity. Our numerical model shows that the fluorescence output is only 2 X 10(-6) of the input excitation for 25 mM anthracene for a 5mm polyurethane waveguide. A 10 fold decrease of background absorption will increase the fluorescence output 250 times.

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2004. Vol. 5593, 513-520 p.
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polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon; molecularly imprinted polymers; optical fiber sensor; light coupling efficiency
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Chemical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-77374DOI: 10.1117/12.570539ISI: 000226789700052OAI: diva2:492036
Conference on Nanosensing, Philadelphia, PA, OCT 25-28, 2004
QC 20120306Available from: 2012-02-07 Created: 2012-02-06 Last updated: 2012-03-06Bibliographically approved

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