Abstract: We combine suspended-core microstructured optical fibers with the photoinduced electron transfer (PET) effect to demonstrate a new type of fluorescent optical fiber-dip sensing platform for small volume ion detection. A sensor design based on a simple model PET-fluoroionophore system and small core microstructured optical fiber capable of detecting sodium ions is demonstrated. The performance of the dip sensor operating in a high sodium concentration regime (925 ppm Na+) and for lower sodium concentration environments (18.4 ppm Na+) is explored and future approaches to improving the sensor’s signal stability, sensitivity and selectivity are discussed.
Keywords: fluorescence sensor; fiber-optic sensor; microstructured optical fiber (MOF); photo induced electron transfer (PET); metal ion
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Englich, F.V.; Foo, T.C.; Richardson, A.C.; Ebendorff-Heidepriem, H.; Sumby, C.J.; Monro, T.M. Photoinduced Electron Transfer Based Ion Sensing within an Optical Fiber. Sensors 2011, 11, 9560-9572.
Englich FV, Foo TC, Richardson AC, Ebendorff-Heidepriem H, Sumby CJ, Monro TM. Photoinduced Electron Transfer Based Ion Sensing within an Optical Fiber. Sensors. 2011; 11(10):9560-9572.
Englich, Florian V.; Foo, Tze Cheung; Richardson, Andrew C.; Ebendorff-Heidepriem, Heike; Sumby, Christopher J.; Monro, Tanya M. 2011. "Photoinduced Electron Transfer Based Ion Sensing within an Optical Fiber." Sensors 11, no. 10: 9560-9572.