Luff, B.J., Harris, R.D., Gnewuch, H. and Wilkinson, J.S.
Optical biosensor techniques for monitoring organic pollutants in the aquatic environment.
2nd European Workshop on Biosensors for Environmental Monitoring, 17-18 Feb 1994, London.
The principal contribution of Southampton University to the BIOPTICAS project is in the realization of planar optical waveguide probes to determine the optical properties of attached sensing films. Three types of device are being investigated: surface plasmon resonance(SPR), directional coupler and chemiluminescence sensors. Techniques have been established for the deposition of compatible electrodes for electrochemical modulation of sensing reactions as an integral part of devices, and equipment has been set up for the fabrication of waveguides in glass substrates by field-assisted ion-exchange. The modelling and design stages for the devices are now close to completion, and we have begun the fabrication and evaluation of preliminary designs and verification of models. Interaction with partners has resulted in the establishment of standardised sensor chip formals and plans for comparative evaluations of the sensors developed in the project, using standardised sensing reactions are well in hand.
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