Gradient-Based Colorimetric Sensors for Continuous Gas Monitoring

Chenwen Lin, Ying Zhu, Jingjing Yu, Xingcai Qin, Xiaojun Xian, Francis Tsow, Erica Forzani, Di Wang, Nongjian Tao

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Colorimetry detects a color change resulted from a chemical reaction or molecular binding. Despite its widespread use in sensing, continuous monitoring of analytes with colorimetry is difficult, especially when the color-producing reaction or binding is irreversible. Here, we report on a gradient-based colorimetric sensor (GCS) to overcome this limitation. Lateral transport of analytes across a colorimetric sensor surface creates a color gradient that shifts along the transport direction over time, and GCS tracks the gradient shift and converts it into analyte concentration in real time. Using a low cost complementary metal-oxide semiconductor imager and imaging processing algorithm, we show submicrometer gradient shift tracking precision and continuous monitoring of ppb-level ozone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5375-5380
Number of pages6
JournalAnalytical Chemistry
Issue number8
StatePublished - Apr 17 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry


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