A windowless flow cell-based miniaturized fluorescence detector for capillary flow systems

Jing Xu; Bing-Cheng Yang; Hong-Zhe Tian; Ya-Feng Guan
April 2006
Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry;Apr2006, Vol. 384 Issue 7/8, p1590
Academic Journal
A miniaturized fluorescence detector utilizing a three-dimensional windowless flow cell has been constructed and evaluated. The inlet and outlet liquid channels are collinear and are located in the same plane as the excitation paths, while the optical fiber used to collect the emission light is perpendicular to this plane. The straightforward arrangement of the flow path minimizes band dispersion and eliminates bubble formation or accumulation inside the cell. The use of high-brightness light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as the excitation source and a miniaturized metal package photomultiplier tube (PMT) results in a compact and sensitive fluorescence detector. The detection limit obtained from the system for fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) in flow injection mode is 2.6 nmol/L. The analysis of riboflavin and FITC by packed capillary liquid chromatography is demonstrated. [Figure not available: see fulltext.]


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