Characterisation and evaluation of a miniaturised polyphenylene oxide dosimeter for ultraviolet exposures

Wainwright, Lisa and Parisi, Alfio and Schouten, Peter (2013) Characterisation and evaluation of a miniaturised polyphenylene oxide dosimeter for ultraviolet exposures. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology, 120. pp. 98-103. ISSN 1011-1344


Dosimeters are used in measuring received ultraviolet (UV) radiation by humans and plants. Previously dosimeters 3.0 cm x 3.0 cm weighing 0.6 g, using poly(2,6-dimethyl-1, 4-phenylene oxide)(PPO) as the photoactive material have been used. A smaller 1.0 cm x 1.5 cm flexible PPO dosimeter weighing 0.05 g has been developed and characterised in this research. Laboratory and field studies show that the miniaturised dosimeter measures comparative results to the larger dosimeters for cosine response, dark reaction and dose response. The smaller, flexible dosimeters are also more applicable for use on curved surfaces and have less impact on the orientation of plant leaves due to their decreased mass. This research has also shown that miniaturised PPO dosimeters can be successfully employed on plant and human subjects to accurately determine biologically active UV distributions. The miniaturised PPO dosimeters allow for more measurements over an exposed area and the PPO film allows for measurements to be made for periods longer than one day. The combination of smaller size and longevity of the photoactive material allows for more flexibility in future UV field research resulting in an increase in the potential number of environments where UV dosimeters can be deployed.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2013 Elsevier B.V. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 22 May 2013 01:49
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2014 03:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: dosimeter; erythemal; UV; UVB; polyphenylene oxide; PPO; skin cancer
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099902 Engineering Instrumentation
02 Physical Sciences > 0299 Other Physical Sciences > 029999 Physical Sciences not elsewhere classified
10 Technology > 1004 Medical Biotechnology > 100402 Medical Biotechnology Diagnostics (incl. Biosensors)
04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040103 Atmospheric Radiation
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.jphotobiol.2013.02.003

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