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Sensors 2017, 17(10), 2312; doi:10.3390/s17102312

Micro and Nanostructured Materials for the Development of Optical Fibre Sensors

Department of Electric and Electronic Engineering, Public University of Navarre, E-31006 Pamplona, Spain
Institute of Smart Cities (ISC), Public University of Navarre, E-31006 Pamplona, Spain
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Received: 28 August 2017 / Revised: 29 September 2017 / Accepted: 8 October 2017 / Published: 11 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Materials and Applications for Sensors and Transducers)


The measurement of chemical and biomedical parameters can take advantage of the features exclusively offered by optical fibre: passive nature, electromagnetic immunity and chemical stability are some of the most relevant ones. The small dimensions of the fibre generally require that the sensing material be loaded into a supporting matrix whose morphology is adjusted at a nanometric scale. Thanks to the advances in nanotechnology new deposition methods have been developed: they allow reagents from different chemical nature to be embedded into films with a thickness always below a few microns that also show a relevant aspect ratio to ensure a high transduction interface. This review reveals some of the main techniques that are currently been employed to develop this kind of sensors, describing in detail both the resulting supporting matrices as well as the sensing materials used. The main objective is to offer a general view of the state of the art to expose the main challenges and chances that this technology is facing currently. View Full-Text
Keywords: optical fibre sensor; nanotechnology; nanostructured materials; chemical sensing; bio medical sensing optical fibre sensor; nanotechnology; nanostructured materials; chemical sensing; bio medical sensing

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Elosua, C.; Arregui, F.J.; Villar, I.D.; Ruiz-Zamarreño, C.; Corres, J.M.; Bariain, C.; Goicoechea, J.; Hernaez, M.; Rivero, P.J.; Socorro, A.B.; Urrutia, A.; Sanchez, P.; Zubiate, P.; Lopez-Torres, D.; Acha, N.D.; Ascorbe, J.; Ozcariz, A.; Matias, I.R. Micro and Nanostructured Materials for the Development of Optical Fibre Sensors. Sensors 2017, 17, 2312.

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