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Microfluidic system with a wireless paired emitter detector diode device as optical sensor for water quality monitoring”

Gorkin, Robert and Rovira-Borras, Carlos and Ducrée, Jens and Diamond, Dermot and Benito-Lopez, Fernando (2011) Microfluidic system with a wireless paired emitter detector diode device as optical sensor for water quality monitoring”. In: Conference on Analytical Sciences Ireland 2011, 21-22/02/2011, The Helix, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland.

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Abstract

Increased demand for improved water management is driving need for water quality monitoring systems with greatly improved price/performance characteristics. This work presents the first use of wireless paired emitter detector diode device (PEDD) as an optical sensor for colorimetric analysis of water quality in a Lab-on-a-disc device format. The instrument detector involves using two light emitting diodes (LEDs), which act as both a light source and photo detector (Fig. 1a.). In comparison to the more commonly used method of coupling a LED to a photodiode, this technique achieves excellent sensitivity and signal-to-noise ratio, with very low cost fabrication and electronics. Furthermore, its low power consumption, increasing spectral range coverage, excellent intensity and efficiency, small size, ease of fabrication and simplicity of the PEDD make it a perfect optical detector for colorimetric assays [1]. In addition, the device is ideally suited for integration with microfluidic platforms based on the centrifugal Lab-on-a-Disc concept, in which detector difficulties can arise due to the high rotation speed typically used in this approach [2]. In this work the calibration of the system using bromocresol purple (BCP) is demonstrated. Concentration ranges were examined in parallel using UV-Vis spectroscopy as control, and the PEDD system. Similar limits of detection (ca. 2.5x10-4 M, Fig.1b.) were obtained in both cases. However, the PEDD system presented a linear trend over a wider range of concentrations. The experiments demonstrate the potential for the wireless PEDD to be a versatile and cheap alternative optical detector system for water quality monitoring in microfluidic applications.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Event Type:Conference
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:LEDs; Lab-on-a-Disc
Subjects:Physical Sciences > Chemistry
DCU Faculties and Centres:UNSPECIFIED
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:16351
Deposited On:07 Jun 2011 14:03 by Monika Czugala. Last Modified 27 Jul 2012 12:28

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