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FTIR spectroscopy of glucose
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Solid State Electronics.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Approximately 450 000 people have diabetes in Sweden today, and the number of diabetics only rises. Monitoring blood sugar several times a day is a fundamental part of managing the disease, and reducing the risks of complications. Today’s glucose monitoring devices are invasive and require small needle sticks for a measurement. Providing a painless method of monitoring the blood sugar level would relieve the lives of diabetics world-wide.


The objective of this project was to investigate the absorption spectra of aqueous glucose concentrations (100 to 5000 mg/dl) in the mid infrared region with Fourier Transform spectroscopy (FTIR), and finally implementing a hand-held monochromatic spectrometer to demonstrate a non-invasive concept. The method chosen for implementing the hand-held demo is due to the commercial availability of diodes and detectors at those wavelengths.


The results from the FTIR showed a trend among concentrations in all wavelengths, in between 1180 to 980 cm-1, specifically at 1035 cm-1, but also in the region 2920 to 2850 cm-1. The hand-held spectrometer did not register any transmittance of the glucose samples. For future implementations, 1035 cm-1 should be investigated more in-depth for a hand-held device.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 19 p.
TVE, 16079
Keyword [en]
FTIR, Spectroscopy, Glucose
National Category
Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-306952OAI: diva2:1044852
Educational program
Master Programme in Electrical Engineering
Available from: 2016-11-23 Created: 2016-11-07 Last updated: 2016-11-23Bibliographically approved

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