In this work, the feasibility to exploit optoelectronic chemo-sensors based on cadmium arachidate (CdA)/single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) composites for detection of chemical pollutants both in air and water environments has been investigated. The nanocomposite sensing layers have been transferred upon the distal end of standard optical fibers by the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique. Single wavelength reflectance measurements (λ=1310 nm) have been carried out to monitor chemicals concentration through changes in the optical length of the Fabry-Pérot (FP) cavity induced by the interaction of the sensitive layer with the analyte molecules. The preliminary experimental results evidence the good potentiality of these fiber optic nanosensors to detect toluene and xylene at ppm level both in air and water environments at room temperature.
International Society for Optics and Photonics
2 Jul 2007
Volume: 6619 Pages: 66191P
Third European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors