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A Sensitive and Portable Deep-UV Absorbance Detector with a Microliter Gas Cell Compatible with Micro GC

by 1,2,3,4, 1,2,5 and 3,4,*
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School of Engineering, University of Limerick, V94 T9PX Limerick, Ireland
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Bernal Institute, University of Limerick, V94 T9PX Limerick, Ireland
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ICPEES (UMR 7515), CNRS and Université de Strasbourg, F-67000 Strasbourg, France
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In’Air Solutions, 67000 Strasbourg, France
5
Health Research Institute, University of Limerick, V94 T9PX Limerick, Ireland
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Academic Editor: Pierluigi Barbieri
Chemosensors 2021, 9(4), 63; https://doi.org/10.3390/chemosensors9040063
Received: 21 February 2021 / Revised: 22 March 2021 / Accepted: 24 March 2021 / Published: 27 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Analytical Systems for Gaseous Mixture)
Deep-UV absorption spectrometry for detection of toxic airborne gases, for instance, Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, and Xylenes (BTEX) has drawn considerable attention owing to its high sensitivity and reliability. However, the development of a deep-UV absorbance detector having good sensitivity, portability, and a low-volume gas cell with applicability for a micro Gas Chromatography (μGC) is challenging. Herein we present a novel, self-referenced, and portable deep-UV absorbance detector with a microliter (275 μL) gas cell having minimal dead volume. It has excellent compatibility with μGC for detection of individual BTEX components in a mixed sample at a sub-ppm level. The design consists of the latest, portable, and cost-effective optical and electronic components, i.e., deep-UV LED, hollow-core waveguide, and photodiodes. The detector directly measures the absorbance values in volts using an integrated circuit with a log-ratio amplifier. The prototype was tested with direct injection of toluene-N2 (1.5 ppm to 50 ppm) and good linearity (R2 = 0.99) with a limit of detection of 196 ppb was obtained. The absorbance detector with μGC setup was tested with a BTEX mixture in N2 at different GC column temperatures. All the BTEX species were sequentially separated and detected with an individual peak for a concentration range of 2.5 ppm to 10 ppm. View Full-Text
Keywords: gas sensor; VOCs; optical sensor; deep-UV LED; photodiodes; analytical device; air quality; UV spectrometry; hollow core waveguide; fiber optic sensor gas sensor; VOCs; optical sensor; deep-UV LED; photodiodes; analytical device; air quality; UV spectrometry; hollow core waveguide; fiber optic sensor
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Khan, S.; Newport, D.; Le Calvé, S. A Sensitive and Portable Deep-UV Absorbance Detector with a Microliter Gas Cell Compatible with Micro GC. Chemosensors 2021, 9, 63. https://doi.org/10.3390/chemosensors9040063

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Khan S, Newport D, Le Calvé S. A Sensitive and Portable Deep-UV Absorbance Detector with a Microliter Gas Cell Compatible with Micro GC. Chemosensors. 2021; 9(4):63. https://doi.org/10.3390/chemosensors9040063

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Khan, Sulaiman, David Newport, and Stéphane Le Calvé. 2021. "A Sensitive and Portable Deep-UV Absorbance Detector with a Microliter Gas Cell Compatible with Micro GC" Chemosensors 9, no. 4: 63. https://doi.org/10.3390/chemosensors9040063

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