All-POF Chemical H 2 S sensor designed for smartphone operation

Arman Aitkulov, Dana Akilbekova, Daniele Tosi, Massimo Olivero

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We propose a method to design a hydrogen sulfide (H 2 S) sensor system, consisting of a plastic optical fiber (POF) and smartphone. The sensor employs the chemical reaction of sulfide gas with silver deposited on the POF. In the proposed design, the sensor is remotely located from the phone, while we use its flashlight as a light source and camera as a pixel-based detector. Moreover, a custom fiber connector socket, fabricated with a 3D printer, is used to couple light to and from the POF. a mobile application for image acquisition and analysis has been developed. a proof of principle study demonstrates the feasibility of the sensor system and the presence of H 2 S gas was successfully measured by estimating the correlation between the intensities of the captured images with and without H 2 S gas; a decrease of intensity has been observed for an exposure of several minutes. This cost-effective, ubiquitous, and handheld sensor is promising for application in environmental sensing.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8630301
JournalProceedings of IEEE Sensors
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018
Event17th IEEE SENSORS Conference, SENSORS 2018 - New Delhi, India
Duration: Oct 28 2018Oct 31 2018


  • biochemical sensor
  • handheld sensing system
  • optical fiber sensor
  • Plastic Optical Fiber (POF)
  • smartphone sensor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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