Robust and economical multi-sample, multi-wavelength UV/vis absorption and fluorescence detector for biological and chemical contamination
Author(s)Lu, Peter J.; Macarthur, James B.; Sims, Peter A.; Ma, Hongshen; Slocum, Alexander H.; Hoehl, Melanie Margarete; ... Show more Show less
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We present a portable multi-channel, multi-sample UV/vis absorption and fluorescence detection device, which has no moving parts, can operate wirelessly and on batteries, interfaces with smart mobile phones or tablets, and has the sensitivity of commercial instruments costing an order of magnitude more. We use UV absorption to measure the concentration of ethylene glycol in water solutions at all levels above those deemed unsafe by the United States Food and Drug Administration; in addition we use fluorescence to measure the concentration of d-glucose. Both wavelengths can be used concurrently to increase measurement robustness and increase detection sensitivity. Our small robust economical device can be deployed in the absence of laboratory infrastructure, and therefore may find applications immediately following natural disasters, and in more general deployment for much broader-based testing of food, agricultural and household products to prevent outbreaks of poisoning and disease.
DepartmentHarvard University--MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Lu, Peter J., Melanie M. Hoehl, James B. Macarthur, Peter A. Sims, Hongshen Ma, and Alexander H. Slocum. Robust and Economical Multi-sample, Multi-wavelength UV/vis Absorption and Fluorescence Detector for Biological and Chemical Contamination. AIP Advances 2, no. 3 (2012): 032110.
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