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Spider silk: a novel optical fibre for biochemical sensing
Author(s): Kenny Hey Tow; Desmond M. Chow; Fritz Vollrath; Isabelle Dicaire; Tom Gheysens; Luc Thévenaz
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Paper Abstract

Whilst being thoroughly used in the textile industry and biomedical sector, silk has not yet been exploited for fibre optics-based sensing although silk fibres directly obtained from spiders can guide light and have shown early promises to being sensitive to some solvents. In this communication, a pioneering optical fibre sensor based on spider silk is reported, demonstrating for the first time the use of spider silk as an optical fibre sensor to detect polar solvents such as water, ammonia and acetic acid.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 2015
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 9634, 24th International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors, 96347D (28 September 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2192427
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Kenny Hey Tow, EPFL Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Switzerland)
Desmond M. Chow, EPFL Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Switzerland)
Fritz Vollrath, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Isabelle Dicaire, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Tom Gheysens, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Luc Thévenaz, EPFL Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Switzerland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9634:
24th International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors
Hypolito José Kalinowski; José Luís Fabris; Wojtek J. Bock, Editor(s)

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