A Novel Smectite-Polymer Nanocomposite (SPN) Microstrip Sensor for Rapid Quantitative Detection of Aflatoxins
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This paper reports the development of a novel smectite-polymer nanocomposite (SPN) microstrip sensor for both rapid quantification and long-term monitoring of aflatoxins. The smectite was modified with Ba 2+ cation exchange to improve its aflatoxin adsorption. SPN thin-films were synthesized on silicon substrates via layer-by-layer self-assembly. SPN microstrip arrays were patterned on glass substrates using stencil masks and enclosed in a microfluidic channel. This reduces the diffusion length and the adsorption time of aflatoxins, thereby resulting in fast response time (< 10 min). A simple fluorometric quantification of aflatoxin concentration based on incident intensity modulation was developed to eliminate the need of a sophisticated fluorometer. A low detection limit of 6.09 ppb and a wide linear range of 5∼80 ppb for aflatoxin B1 have been achieved. © 2013 IEEE.
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Hu, H. e., Zou, J., & Deng, Y.