Microfluidic integration of photonic crystal fibers for online photochemical reaction analysis

S. Unterkofler, R. J. McQuitty, T. G. Euser, N. J. Farrer, P. J. Sadler, P. St.J. Russell
2012 Optics Letters  
Received Month X, XXXX; revised Month X, XXXX; accepted Month X, XXXX; posted Month X, XXXX (Doc. ID XXXXX); published Month X, XXXX Liquid-filled hollow-core photonic crystal fibers (HC-PCFs) are perfect optofluidic channels, uniquely providing low loss optical guidance in a liquid medium. As a result, the overlap of the dissolved specimen and the intense light field in the micron-sized core is increased manyfold compared to conventional bioanalytical techniques, facilitating highly efficient
more » ... g highly efficient photoactivation processes. Here we introduce a novel integrated analytical technology for photochemistry by microfluidic coupling of a HC-PCF nanoflow reactor to supplementary detection devices. Applying a continuous flow through the fiber, we deliver photochemical reaction products to a mass spectrometer in an online and hence rapid fashion, which is highly advantageous over conventional cuvette-based approaches.
doi:10.1364/ol.37.001952 pmid:22660084 fatcat:mz6iq5nd7zcrnp5xl2iv7sb5fe