November 27, 2023
Fluorescence sensors are a type of analytical tool that can detect and measure PAHs in various samples, such as water, air, soil, and food, by using their natural or induced fluorescence properties. In this blog, I will introduce some of the applications of Fluorescence PAH measurement probes and their challenges.
Some of the applications of Fluorescence PAH measurement probes are:
1, Water quality monitoring:
PAHs are common water pollutants that can originate from industrial discharges, vehicle emissions, and runoff from paved surfaces. They can pose a threat to aquatic life and human health. Fluorescence sensors can be used to monitor PAH concentrations in water in real-time, online, and in situ. For example, a UV fluorescence sensor with optical feedback was developed to achieve high sensitivity and selectivity for PAH detection in water. A dual monochromator fluorescence detector was used to measure 16 priority pollutant PAHs in water according to EPA method 610.
2, Air quality monitoring: PAHs are also present in the atmosphere as particulate matter or gas-phase compounds. They can be emitted from combustion sources, such as fossil fuels, biomass, and waste. They can cause respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Fluorescence sensors can be used to monitor PAH concentrations in air in real-time, online, and in situ. For example, a time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy method was developed to measure PAHs in aerosols with high sensitivity and specificity. A fluorescence lidar system was used to measure PAHs in the atmosphere with high spatial resolution.
3, Soil quality monitoring: PAHs can accumulate in soil from various sources, such as oil spills, coal tar, and pesticides. They can affect soil fertility and biota and contaminate groundwater. Fluorescence sensors can be used to monitor PAH concentrations in soil in real-time, online, and in situ. For example, a fluorescence imaging method was developed to map PAH distribution in soil with high spatial resolution. A fluorescence microsensor was used to measure PAHs in soil pore water with high temporal resolution.
4, Food quality monitoring:
PAHs can enter the food chain from various sources, such as smoking, grilling, roasting, and frying of food, as well as from environmental contamination. They can affect food safety and quality and cause adverse health effects. Fluorescence sensors can be used to monitor PAH concentrations in food in real-time, online, and in situ. For example, a fluorescence sensor based on a molecularly imprinted polymer was developed to measure PAHs in edible oils with high selectivity and sensitivity. A fluorescence sensor based on a DNA aptamer was developed to measure PAHs in seafood with high specificity and sensitivity.
The challenges of fluorescence sensors in PAH analysis are:
1, Low specificity:
Fluorescence sensors may suffer from false positives or false negatives due to the overlap or quenching of fluorescence signals from different PAHs or other interfering compounds. Fluorescence sensors may also be affected by matrix effects, such as pH, temperature, salinity, or turbidity, that can alter the fluorescence properties of PAHs or the binding agents.
2, Low stability:
Fluorescence sensors may degrade or lose their functionality over time due to the photobleaching, oxidation, or leaching of the fluorescent molecules or the binding agents. Fluorescence sensors may also require frequent calibration and maintenance to ensure the accuracy and consistency of the measurements.
3, Low availability:
Fluorescence sensors may be limited by the availability and cost of the fluorescent molecules or the binding agents, especially for the extrinsic fluorescence sensors. Fluorescence sensors may also require sophisticated equipment and expertise to operate and interpret the results.
In Conclusion, Fluorescence sensors are a powerful analytical tool for PAH analysis, as they can provide fast, accurate, and comprehensive information on PAH concentrations, identities, and dynamics in various samples. Fluorescence sensors have various types and applications but also face some challenges and limitations. Choosing the right fluorescence sensor for PAH analysis requires a comprehensive evaluation and comparison of factors such as the purpose, object, scope, frequency, accuracy, etc. of the analysis.
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