Experimental investigation of the effect of polymer matrices on polymer fibre optic oxygen sensors and their time response characteristics using a vacuum testing chamber and a liquid flow apparatus

Rongsheng Chen, Federico Formenti, Hanne McPeak, Andrew N Obeid, Clive Hahn, Andrew Farmery

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Abstract

Very fast sensors that are able to track rapid changes in oxygen partial pressure (PO2) in the gas and liquid phases are increasingly required in scientific research - particularly in the life sciences. Recent interest in monitoring very fast changes in the PO2 of arterial blood in some respiratory failure conditions is one such example. Previous attempts to design fast intravascular electrochemical oxygen sensors for use in physiology and medicine have failed to meet the criteria that are now required in modern investigations. However, miniature photonic devices are capable of meeting this need. In this article, we present an inexpensive polymer type fibre-optic, oxygen sensor that is two orders of magnitude faster than conventional electrochemical oxygen sensors. It is constructed with biologically inert polymer materials and is both sufficiently small and robust for direct insertion in to a human artery. The sensors were tested and evaluated in both a gas testing chamber and in a flowing liquid test system. The results showed a very fast T 90 response time, typically circa 20 ms when tested in the gas phase, and circa 100 ms in flowing liquid.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)531-535
Number of pages5
JournalSensors And Actuators B-Chemical
Volume222
Early online date24 Aug 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2016

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