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Baldini F., Domenici C., Giannetti A., Masci D., Mencaglia A. Time-resolved absorption as optical method for herbicide detection. In: Sensors and Actuators B-Chemical, vol. 90 pp. 198 - 203. Elsevier Inc, 2003.
 
 
Abstract
(English)
A new sensing system for the detection of photosynthetic herbicides in water has been developed, based on the use of a trans-membrane protein complex, the reaction centre (RC) isolated from Rhodobacter sphaeroides. The stationary and excited state of this protein are characterised by different absorption properties. The path followed by the protein to return to the stationary state is influenced by the presence of photosynthetic herbicides. Therefore the concentration of herbicides could be measured by monitoring the temporal changes of absorption following optical excitation. For this purpose, an optoelectronic system has been realised. It makes use of a 860 nm light emitting diode and a hybrid photodetector and is coupled to a 5 cm-long optical cell containing the RC solution through optical fibres. The system was tested with atrazine and a limit of detection of 10 nM was obtained.
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Subject Time
Absorption
Biosensors
Herbicides


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