Evolution of electrospun nanofibers fluorescent and colorimetric sensors for environmental toxicants, pH, temperature, and cancer cells – A review with insights on applications

Manikandan Venkatesan, Loganathan Veeramuthu, Fang Cheng Liang, Wei Cheng Chen, Chia Jung Cho*, Chin Wen Chen, Jung Yao Chen, Yan Yan, Shang Hung Chang, Chi Ching Kuo

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Abstract

Heavy metal and other toxicant detection in natural resources like water, air, soil and food is vital for environmental safety, personal hygiene, and public health care. Abundant number of sensor has acquired its wide and pivotal role in establishing the peaceful and healthy environments. The reliable features such as detection range, response/recovery time, stability and portability is in its urgency for achieving its lifetime applicability. For ultrasensitive chemosensory applications, colorimetric and fluorescent nanofibers engender a linear range, the lowest detection limit, and faster response toward harmful toxic pollutants such as heavy metals and other toxicants including gases, pH, temperature, humidity, and cancer cells. In this review, we surveyed various modes of sensing, sensor fabrication and the evolution of naked eye visible color optical sensors developed with electrospun nanofibrous membranes along with their strength and weaknesses. The review outlines the obstacles, trends and breakthroughs achieved in optical sensory nanofibers and it will definitely inspire the research community in recognizing and overcoming the interdisciplinary challenges to achieve the cleaner greener environment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number125431
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
Volume397
DOIs
StatePublished - 01 10 2020

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Keywords

  • Colorimetric sensors
  • Electrospinning
  • Heavy metal ions
  • Nanofibers
  • Optical sensors
  • Toxicants

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