Colorimetry is a popular gas-sensing platform, but it is typically limited to one-time use only. Here, we introduce a light-controlled configurable colorimetric sensing array to overcome this limitation. It features a photoactivated reaction between an analyte and a sensing material, such that sensing of an array element can be turned on and off with light. By sequential turning on of each array element, the sensor array can be used multiple times as determined by the number of array elements. This is analogous to a data storage device, which lasts until every storage element is used up. The total number of array elements and the area of each array element are configurable with light. With use of a smartphone screen as a programmable light source, we applied the sensing platform to the detection of oxygen gas and studied the relationship between sensitivity, noise, detection time, and array size. The relationship can be used to configure the array to meet the specifications of different applications.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Analytical Chemistry