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Functionalized Microstructured Optical Fibers: Materials, Methods, Applications

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Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, 3 Nobelya str., 121205 Moscow, Russia
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SPE LLC Nanostructured Glass Technology, 101 50 Let Oktjabrja, 410033 Saratov, Russia
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Research Educational Institute of Optics and Biophotonics, Saratov State University, 83 Astrakhanskaya str., 410012 Saratov, Russia
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Interdisciplinary Laboratory of Biophotonics, Tomsk State University, 36 Lenin’s av., 634050 Tomsk, Russia
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Laboratory of Laser Diagnostics of Technical and Living Systems, Institute of Precision Mechanics and Control of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 24 Rabochaya str., 410028 Saratov, Russia
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Materials 2020, 13(4), 921; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13040921
Received: 26 January 2020 / Revised: 13 February 2020 / Accepted: 17 February 2020 / Published: 19 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advanced Materials for Biophotonics Applications)
Microstructured optical fiber-based sensors (MOF) have been widely developed finding numerous applications in various fields of photonics, biotechnology, and medicine. High sensitivity to the refractive index variation, arising from the strong interaction between a guided mode and an analyte in the test, makes MOF-based sensors ideal candidates for chemical and biochemical analysis of solutions with small volume and low concentration. Here, we review the modern techniques used for the modification of the fiber’s structure, which leads to an enhanced detection sensitivity, as well as the surface functionalization processes used for selective adsorption of target molecules. Novel functionalized MOF-based devices possessing these unique properties, emphasize the potential applications for fiber optics in the field of modern biophotonics, such as remote sensing, thermography, refractometric measurements of biological liquids, detection of cancer proteins, and concentration analysis. In this work, we discuss the approaches used for the functionalization of MOFs, with a focus on potential applications of the produced structures. View Full-Text
Keywords: microstructured optical fibers; photonic crystal fibers; holey fibers; hybrid fibers; modification; functionalization; sensing microstructured optical fibers; photonic crystal fibers; holey fibers; hybrid fibers; modification; functionalization; sensing
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Ermatov, T.; Skibina, J.S.; Tuchin, V.V.; Gorin, D.A. Functionalized Microstructured Optical Fibers: Materials, Methods, Applications. Materials 2020, 13, 921. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13040921

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Ermatov T, Skibina JS, Tuchin VV, Gorin DA. Functionalized Microstructured Optical Fibers: Materials, Methods, Applications. Materials. 2020; 13(4):921. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13040921

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Ermatov, Timur; Skibina, Julia S.; Tuchin, Valery V.; Gorin, Dmitry A. 2020. "Functionalized Microstructured Optical Fibers: Materials, Methods, Applications" Materials 13, no. 4: 921. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13040921

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