The characteristics of novel low-cost sensors for volatile biomarker detection

de Lacy Costello, B., Ewen, R., Ratcliffe, N. M. and Richards, M. (2008) The characteristics of novel low-cost sensors for volatile biomarker detection. Journal of Breath Research, 2 (3). 037017. ISSN 1752-7155 Available from:

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For breath analyses, volatile detectors capable of sensing extremely low concentrations in the sub-ppm range are required. Novel room temperature sensors were fabricated based on ultraviolet light activation of nanoparticulate metal oxide surfaces using light emitting diodes. These sensors gave reversible electrical resistance changes in the low ppm/ppb range to volatile organic compounds found in breath, including acetone, acetaldehyde, pentane and ethanol.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:87.85.Ng biological signal processing, 07.07.Df sensors (chemical, optical, electrical, movement, gas, etc.), remote sensing, 87.19.U- Hemodynamics, 07.20.Dt Thermometers, 85.60.Jb light-emitting devices, electronics and devices, instrumentation and measurement, optics, quantum optics and lasers, medical physics, biological physics
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences > Department of Applied Sciences
ID Code:11554
Deposited By: B. de Lacy Costello
Deposited On:10 Nov 2010 13:22
Last Modified:15 Nov 2016 23:19

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