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Water monitoring in smart cities exploiting plastic optical fibers and molecularly imprinted polymers. the case of PFBS detection

Cennamo, N. ; Arcadio, F. ; Perri, C. ; Zeni, L. ; Sequeira, F. ; Bilro, L. ; Nogueira, R.N. ; D’Agostino, G. ; Porto, G. ; Biasiolo, A.

Water monitoring in smart cities exploiting plastic optical fibers and molecularly imprinted polymers. the case of PFBS detection, Proc IEEE IEEE International Symposium on Measurements and Networking, M and N M&N, Catania, Italy, Vol. , pp. - , July, 2019.

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1109/IWMN.2019.8805049

Abstract
The detection of perfluorobutanesulfonic acid (PFBS) in water is presented for the first time exploiting a low-cost optical chemical sensing strategy, based on plastic optical fibers and molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs), able to detect pollutants in water. The sensor's response measured in this work for the detection of PFBS is similar to the one obtained with Perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoate (PFOA), already investigated. The detection limit of PFBS is considered of interest when compared to those obtained by using different expensive traditional approaches, e.g. high performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS). Moreover, the use of this sensing approach is a very attractive perspective for fast, in situ, and remote low-cost detection of pollutants in water for smart cities applications.