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Zirconium metal-organic framework functionalized plasmonic sensor
Author(s): J. Briscoe; L. Appelhans; S. Smith; K. Westlake; I. Brener; J. Wright
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Paper Abstract

Exposure to chemicals in everyday life is now more prevalent than ever. Air and water pollution can be delivery mechanisms for toxins, carcinogens, and other chemicals of interest (COI). A compact, multiplexed, chemical sensor with high responsivity and selectivity is desperately needed. We demonstrate the integration of unique Zr-based metal organic frameworks (MOFs) with a plasmonic transducer to demonstrate a nanoscale optical sensor that is both highly sensitive and selective to the presence of COI. MOFs are a product of coordination chemistry where a central ion is surrounded by a group of ligands resulting in a thin-film with nano- to micro-porosity, ultra-high surface area, and precise structural tunability. These properties make MOFs an ideal candidate for gaseous chemical sensing, however, transduction of a signal which probes changes in MOF films has been difficult. Plasmonic sensors have performed well in many sensing environments, but have had limited success detecting gaseous chemical analytes at low levels. This is due, in part, to the volume of molecules required to interact with the functionalized surface and produce a detectable shift in plasmonic resonance frequency. The fusion of a highly porous thin-film layer with an efficient plasmonic transduction platform is investigated and summarized. We will discuss the integration and characterization of the MOF/plasmonic sensor and summarize our results which show, upon exposure to COI, small changes in optical characteristics of the MOF layer are effectively transduced by observing shifts in plasmonic resonance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 May 2019
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 11010, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Sensing XX, 110100E (28 May 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2519134
Show Author Affiliations
J. Briscoe, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Ctr. for Integrated Technologies (United States)
L. Appelhans, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
S. Smith, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
K. Westlake, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
I. Brener, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Ctr. for Integrated Technologies (United States)
J. Wright, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Ctr. for Integrated Technologies (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11010:
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Sensing XX
Jason A. Guicheteau; Chris R. Howle, Editor(s)

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