Thin-film organic photodiodes for integrated on-chip chemiluminescence detection - application to antioxidant capacity screening

Xuhua Wang, Maliwan Amatatongchai, Duangjai Nacapricha, Oliver Hofmann, John C. de Mello, Donal D.C. Bradley, Andrew J. de Mello

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Abstract

We demonstrate that solution processed thin-film organic photodiodes (OPDs) can be used as compact and sensitive integrated detectors for antioxidant capacity screening. The OPDs were fabricated with blends of regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and (6,6)-phenyl C61 butyric-acid methyl-ester (PCBM). The devices had a broadband photoresponse from 350 nm to 650 nm with a peak responsivity of 0.25 A/W at 550 nm and a dark current density of 0.59 μA/cm2 under 10 mV bias for a device area of 1 mm2. The signal rise and fall times of the detectors were 0.51 μs and 0.66 μs, respectively. The detectors were applied to an on-chip peroxyoxalate chemiluminescence (PO-CL) assay for antioxidant capacity determination. Antioxidant standards were injected into a stream of PO-CL reagents, resulting in a CL emission decrease that correlated with the antioxidant capacity. For the encountered CL signals the OPDs provided a comparable response to photomultiplier tubes (PMTs) commonly used in analytical applications. Antioxidant capacity screening results showed excellent consistency between the two detection methods. The compact and portable detection system is suited not only to low-cost in-the-field antioxidant capacity screening, but could have wider applications for chemiluminescence based diagnostic tests at the point-of-care. Crown Copyright © 2009.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSensors and Actuators, B: Chemical
Volume140
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 16 2009
Externally publishedYes

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