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Highly sensitive on-chip fluorescence sensor with integrated fully solution processed organic light sources and detectors

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Abstract

We report the first fluorescence light detector combining a fully solution processed organic electrochemical cell (OLEC) and a fully solution processed organic photodiode (OPD) within one microfluidic chip. The blue OLEC was used as the excitation source, whereas the OPD was used for detection of the emitted fluorescent light. Two orthogonally oriented linear polarizers were used as excitation and emission filters, enabling the use of fluorescent dyes with emission and absorption peaks very close to each other. In addition the system is compatible with many different fluorescent dyes. The filters and organic devices were mounted onto a microfluidic glass chip. Fluorescein amidite (FAM) was used as a model dye to characterize and demonstrate the concept of the system. Despite a very close excitation peak (492 nm) and emission peak (518 nm) of FAM, we were able to detect FAM concentrations as low as 1 μM even for a brightness value of the OLEC as low as 500 cd m−2. This opens the possibility of producing low cost, portable and disposable fluorescence sensors with a high sensitivity.

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The article was received on 04 Apr 2017, accepted on 10 May 2017 and first published on 17 May 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7RA03841K
Citation: RSC Adv., 2017,7, 26384-26391
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    Highly sensitive on-chip fluorescence sensor with integrated fully solution processed organic light sources and detectors

    Z. Shu, F. Kemper, E. Beckert, R. Eberhardt and A. Tünnermann, RSC Adv., 2017, 7, 26384
    DOI: 10.1039/C7RA03841K

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