Chiavaioli, Francesco and Biswas, Palas and Trono, Cosimo and Jana, Sunirmal and Bandyopadhyay, Somnath and Basumallick, Nandini and Giannetti, Ambra and Tombelli, Sara and Bera, Susanta and Mallick, Aparajita and Baldini, Francesco (2015) Sol-Gel-Based Titania-Silica Thin Film Overlay for Long Period Fiber Grating-Based Biosensors. Analytical Chemistry, 87 (24). pp. 12024-12031. ISSN 0003-2700

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An evanescent wave optical fiber biosensor based on titania silica-coated long period grating (LPG) is presented. The chemical overlay, which increases the refractive index (RI) sensitivity of the sensor, consists of a sol gel-based titania silica thin film, deposited along the sensing portion of the fiber by means of the dip-coating technique. Changing both the sol viscosity and the withdrawal speed during the dip-coating made it possible to adjust the thickness of the film overlay, which is a crucial parameter for the sensor performance. After the functionalization of the fiber surface using a methacrylic acid/methacrylate copolymer, an antibody/antigen (IgG/anti-IgG) assay was carried out to assess the performance of sol-gel based titania-silica-coated LPGs as biosensors. The analyte concentration was determined from the wavelength shift at the end of the binding process and from the initial binding rate. This is the first time that a sol gel based titania-silica-coated LPG is proposed as an effective and feasible label-free biosensor. The specificity of the sensor was validated by performing the same model assay after spiking anti-IgG into human serum. With this structured LPG, detection limits of the order of tens of micrograms per liter (10(-11) M) are attained.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Electronics
Engineering Materials
Depositing User: Bidhan Chaudhuri
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2016 09:01
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2016 09:01

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