Gradient waveguide thickness guided-mode resonance biosensor

Jia Ming Yang, Nien Zu Yang, Cheng Hao Chen, Cheng Sheng Huang*

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Portable systems for detecting biomolecules have attracted considerable attention, owing to the demand for point-of-care testing applications. This has led to the development of lab-on-a-chip (LOC) devices. However, most LOCs are developed with a focus on automation and preprocessing of samples; fluorescence measurement, which requires additional off-chip detection instruments, remains the main detection method in conventional assays. By incorporating optical biosensors into LOCs, the biosensing system can be simplified and miniaturized. However, many optical sensors require an additional coupling device, such as a grating or prism, which complicates the optical path design of the system. In this study, we propose a new type of biosensor based on gradient waveguide thickness guided-mode resonance (GWT-GMR), which allows for the conversion of spectral information into spatial information such that the output signal can be recorded on a charge-coupled device for further analysis without any additional dispersive elements. A two-channel microfluidic chip with embedded GWT-GMRs was developed to detect two model assays in a buffer solution: albumin and creatinine. The results indicated that the limit of detection for albumin was 2.92 µg/mL for the concentration range of 0.8–500 µg/mL investigated in this study, and that for creatinine it was 12.05 µg/mL for the concentration range of 1–10,000 µg/mL. These results indicated that the proposed GWT-GMR sensor is suitable for use in clinical applications. Owing to its simple readout and optical path design, the GWT-GMR is considered ideal for integration with smartphones or as miniaturized displays in handheld devices, which could prove beneficial for future point-of-care applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number376
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalSensors (Switzerland)
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2021


  • Guided-mode resonance
  • Label-free biosensor
  • Subwavelength grating


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