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Randomly Ordered Addressable High-density Optical Sensor Arrays.
Published 1998 · Chemistry, Medicine
Array-based sensors provide an architecture for multianalyte sensing. In this paper, we report a new approach for array fabrication. Sensors are made by immobilizing different reactive chemistries on the surfaces of microspheres. Sensor arrays are prepared by randomly distributing a mixture of microsphere sensors on an optical substrate containing thousands of micrometer-scale wells. The sensors occupy a different location from array to array; thus the identity of each sensor is ascertained and registered on the detector using encoding schemes, rather than by a predetermined location in the array. The approach thereby shifts the demand from fabrication to signal processing. The availability of commercial image analysis software makes such a shift both cost-effective and time efficient.