Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

, Volume 404, Issue 10, pp 2851–2858 | Cite as

LED–LED portable oxygen gas sensor

  • I. M. Perez de Vargas-Sansalvador
  • C. Fay
  • M. D. Fernandez-Ramos
  • D. Diamond
  • F. Benito-Lopez
  • L. F. Capitan-Vallvey
Original Paper


A portable instrument for oxygen determination, based on the quenching of phosphorescent octaethylporphyrin by gaseous O2, has been developed using the fluorimetric paired emitter–detector diode technique (FPEDD). The instrument configuration consists of two light-emitting diodes (LEDs) facing each other, with an interchangeable support containing a phosphorescent membrane in between, in which one of the LEDs is used as the light source (emitter LED) and the other, working in reverse bias mode, as the light detector. The feasibility of using a LED as a luminescence detector is studied. Its small size enables integration of the instrument into a portable measurement system. A systematic study of the system capabilities as a portable instrument was performed to optimize range, sensitivity, short term and long term stability, dynamic behaviour, effect of temperature and humidity, and temporal drift.


Oxygen sensor Gas sensor Optical sensor Paired emitter detector-diode sensor Portable instrumentation 



We acknowledge financial support from the Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad, Dirección General de Enseñanza Superior (Spain) (projects CTQ2009-14428-C02-01 and CTQ2009-14428-C02-02) and the Junta de Andalucia P10-FQM-5974 and European Regional Development Funds. I.M.P.V.S. thanks the Junta de Andalucía for the grant “Estancias de Excelencia 3/2009” and the University of Granada for “Contrato Puente”. The authors C.F., D.D., and F.B.L. acknowledge support from Science Foundation Ireland under grant 07/CE/I1147.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. M. Perez de Vargas-Sansalvador
    • 1
  • C. Fay
    • 2
  • M. D. Fernandez-Ramos
    • 1
  • D. Diamond
    • 2
  • F. Benito-Lopez
    • 2
  • L. F. Capitan-Vallvey
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, Campus FuentenuevaUniversity of GranadaGranadaSpain
  2. 2.CLARITY: Centre for Sensor Web Technologies, National Centre for Sensor ResearchDublin City UniversityDublin 9Ireland

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