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Fibre optic microarrays

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Abstract

This tutorial review describes how fibre optic microarrays can be used to create a variety of sensing and measurement systems. This review covers the basics of optical fibres and arrays, the different microarray architectures, and describes a multitude of applications. Such arrays enable multiplexed sensing for a variety of analytes including nucleic acids, vapours, and biomolecules. Polymer-coated fibre arrays can be used for measuring microscopic chemical phenomena, such as corrosion and localized release of biochemicals from cells. In addition, these microarrays can serve as a substrate for fundamental studies of single molecules and single cells. The review covers topics of interest to chemists, biologists, materials scientists, and engineers.

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The article was received on 17 Jun 2009 and first published on 28 Oct 2009


Article type: Tutorial Review
DOI: 10.1039/B809339N
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2010,39, 38-50
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    Fibre optic microarrays

    D. R. Walt, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2010, 39, 38
    DOI: 10.1039/B809339N

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