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Keywords:

  • analytical methods;
  • aromatic hydrocarbons;
  • fiberoptic chemical sensors;
  • IR spectroscopy;
  • polymers
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Sensitive: Several monocyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, for example p-, m-, o-xylene, toluene, and benzene (1–5), were detected in a single measurement by using a planar infrared attenuated total reflection (IR-ATR) fiberoptic sensor that was coated with ethylene/propylene copolymer. Compared to conventional IR sensing systems, this device exhibits a large dynamic detection range.