Chemical Sensors Based on Surface Plasmon Resonance in a Plastic Optical Fiber for Multianalyte Detection in Oil-Filled Power Transformer

  • Nunzio Cennamo
  • Maria Pesavento
  • Antonella Profumo
  • Daniele Merli
  • Letizia De Maria
  • Cristina Chemelli
  • Luigi Zeni
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 431)


The combination of a D-shaped plastic optical fiber (POF) and a Molecularly Imprinted Polymer (MIP) receptor is an effective way to obtain a highly selective and sensitive surface plasmon resonance (SPR) optical platform, especially suitable for the detection of chemical marker in the oil of Power Transformers. In this work Authors present the preliminary results for determination of two important analytes, dibenzyl disulfide (DBDS) and furfural (2-FAL), whose presence in the transformer oil is an indication of underway corrosive or ageing process, respectively, in power transformers. The low cost of the POF-MIP platforms and the simple and modular scheme of the optical interrogation layout make this system a potentially suitable on-line diagnostic tool for power transformers.


Dibenzyl disulfide Furfural (furan-2-carbaldehyde) Molecularly imprinted polymers Plastic optical fibers Power transformers 



This work has been financed by the Research Fund for the Italian Electrical System under the Contract Agreement between RSE and the Ministry of Economic Development-General Directorate for Energy and Mining Resources stipulated on 29 July 2009 in compliance with the Decree of 19 March 2009.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nunzio Cennamo
    • 1
  • Maria Pesavento
    • 2
  • Antonella Profumo
    • 2
  • Daniele Merli
    • 2
  • Letizia De Maria
    • 3
  • Cristina Chemelli
    • 3
  • Luigi Zeni
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Industrial and Information EngineeringSecond University of NaplesAversa, CEItaly
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryUniversity of PaviaPaviaItaly
  3. 3.RSE S.p.AMilanItaly

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