Hybrid organic semiconductor lasers for bio-molecular sensing

Haughey, A.-M., Foucher, C., Guilhabert, B., Kanibolotsky, A. L., Skabara, P. J. , Burley, G., Dawson, M. D. and Laurand, N. (2014) Hybrid organic semiconductor lasers for bio-molecular sensing. Faraday Discussions, 174, pp. 369-381. (doi: 10.1039/c4fd00091a) (PMID:25254510)

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Bio-functionalised luminescent organic semiconductors are attractive for biophotonics because they can act as efficient laser materials while simultaneously interacting with molecules. In this paper, we present and discuss a laser biosensor platform that utilises a gain layer made of such an organic semiconductor material. The simple structure of the sensor and its operation principle are described. Nanolayer detection is shown experimentally and analysed theoretically in order to assess the potential and the limits of the biosensor. The advantage conferred by the organic semiconductor is explained, and comparisons to laser sensors using alternative dye-doped materials are made. Specific biomolecular sensing is demonstrated, and routes to functionalisation with nucleic acid probes, and future developments opened up by this achievement, are highlighted. Finally, attractive formats for sensing applications are mentioned, as well as colloidal quantum dots, which in the future could be used in conjunction with organic semiconductors.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Skabara, Professor Peter and Burley, Dr Glenn
Authors: Haughey, A.-M., Foucher, C., Guilhabert, B., Kanibolotsky, A. L., Skabara, P. J., Burley, G., Dawson, M. D., and Laurand, N.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Journal Name:Faraday Discussions
Publisher:Royal Society of Chemistry
ISSN (Online):1364-5498
Published Online:27 May 2014

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