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Photoluminescence characterization of ZnO nanowires functionalization
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Nanostructured photoluminescent materials are optimal transducers for optical biosensors due to their capacity to convert molecular interactions in light signals without contamination or deterioration of the samples. In recent years, nanostructured biosensors with low cost and readily available properties have been developed for such applications as therapeutics, diagnostic and environmental. Zinc oxide nanowires (ZnO NWs) is material with unique properties and due to these they were widely studied in many fields as electronics, optics, and photonics. ZnO NWs can be either grown independently or deposited on solid support, such as glass, gold substrates and crystalline silicon. Vertical aligned ZnO forest on a substrate shows specific advantages in photonic device fabrication. ZnO NWs are typically synthesized by such techniques classified as vapour phase and solution phase synthesis. In particular, hydrothermal methods have received a lot of attention and have been widely used for synthesis of ZnO NWs. This technique shows more crystalline defects than others due to oxygen vacancies, so as the material shows intense photoluminescence emission under laser irradiation. ZnO NWs surface is highly hydrolysed, so it is covered by OH reactive groups, and standard biomodification chemistry can be used in order to bind bioprobes on the surface. In this work, we present our newest results on synthetic nanostructured materials characterization for optical biosensors applications. In particular, we characterize the ZnO NWs structure grown on crystalline silicon by SEM images and the biomodification by photoluminesce technique, fluorescence microscopy, water contact angle and FT-IR measurements.

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Date Published: 5 May 2015
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9506, Optical Sensors 2015, 95061Z (5 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2178593
Show Author Affiliations
Jane Politi, Istituto per la Microelettronica e Microsistemi, CNR (Italy)
Univ. degli Studi di Napoli Federico II (Italy)
Mariano Gioffrè, Istituto per la Microelettronica e Microsistemi, CNR (Italy)
Ilaria Rea, Istituto per la Microelettronica e Microsistemi, CNR (Italy)
Luca De Stefano, Istituto per la Microelettronica e Microsistemi, CNR (Italy)
Ivo Rendina, Istituto per la Microelettronica e Microsistemi, CNR (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9506:
Optical Sensors 2015
Francesco Baldini; Jiri Homola; Robert A. Lieberman, Editor(s)

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