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A CMOS-based phototransistor for high-sensitivity biochemical detection using absorption photometry

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4 Author(s)
Yu-Wei Chang ; Institute of Electronics, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan ; Yu-Ting Tai ; Yang-Tung Huang ; Yuh-Shyong Yang

This paper proposes a high-sensitivity biosensing system on the basis of absorption photometry and a phototransistor. Manufactured in a standard 0.35-mum CMOS technology, the phototransistor exhibits a responsivity higher than 1000 A/W for 650-nm light. The TMB/H2O2/HRP method is chosen as a useful platform to determine the amount of various interesting targets. For the biochemical detection, a sample volume of only 10 mul is required to be dropped on the slide above the phototransistor. Experimental results demonstrate that a high sensitivity of 2.5 muA/pM is achieved, and the minimum HRP concentration successfully detected is 2.7 pM. This detection limit is three orders of magnitude better than that of a reported silicon biosensor.

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2008 3rd International Conference on Sensing Technology

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Nov. 30 2008-Dec. 3 2008