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Sensors 2011, 11(12), 11081-11102; doi:10.3390/s111211081

Luminescence Sensors Applied to Water Analysis of Organic Pollutants—An Update

Instituto de Química Rosario (CONICET-UNR), Facultad de Ciencias Bioquímicas y Farmacéuticas, Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Suipacha 531 (2000) Rosario, Argentina
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Received: 27 September 2011 / Revised: 9 November 2011 / Accepted: 18 November 2011 / Published: 28 November 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sensing of Organic Pollution in Soil, Air, Water and Food)
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The development of chemical sensors for environmental analysis based on fluorescence, phosphorescence and chemiluminescence signals continues to be a dynamic topic within the sensor field. This review covers the fundamentals of this type of sensors, and an update on recent works devoted to quantifying organic pollutants in environmental waters, focusing on advances since about 2005. Among the wide variety of these contaminants, special attention has been paid polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, pesticides, explosives and emerging organic pollutants. The potential of coupling optical sensors with multivariate calibration methods in order to improve the selectivity is also discussed.
Keywords: luminescence; sensors; pollutants; environment luminescence; sensors; pollutants; environment
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Ibañez, G.A.; Escandar, G.M. Luminescence Sensors Applied to Water Analysis of Organic Pollutants—An Update. Sensors 2011, 11, 11081-11102.

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