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Conjugated polymer sensors for explosive vapor detection
Author(s): Yue Wang; Graham A. Turnbull; Ifor D. W. Samuel
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Paper Abstract

Explosive sensing is a promising, emerging application for conjugated polymers. One exciting potential area of application is to clear landmines left after military actions. In this work, we demonstrate three ways to detect 10 partsper- billion of the model explosive, 1,4-dinitrobenzene (DNB): by monitoring fluorescence intensity, by measuring fluorescence lifetime, and by distributed-feedback (DFB) laser emission. A quenching of the fluorescence is observed upon DNB exposure. The reversibility of the quenching process has been demonstrated by purging with nitrogen.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 September 2011
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8118, Organic Semiconductors in Sensors and Bioelectronics IV, 81180E (16 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.894413
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Yue Wang, Univ. of St. Andrews (United Kingdom)
Graham A. Turnbull, Univ. of St. Andrews (United Kingdom)
Ifor D. W. Samuel, Univ. of St. Andrews (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8118:
Organic Semiconductors in Sensors and Bioelectronics IV
Ruth Shinar; Ioannis Kymissis, Editor(s)

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