SDR SensorDish Reader

Non-invasive online culture monitoring of oxygen and pH

SDR SensorDish Reader in Incubator
  • Measurement under real conditions in incubator atmosphere
  • Low well & deep well plates
  • Pre-calibrated & ready-to-use
  • For microbial & cell culture

The SDR SensorDish® Reader is a small 24-channel reader for non-invasive detection of oxygen and pH in multidishes (SensorDishes®). These contain a sensor spot at the bottom of each well. They are read out non-invasively through the transparent bottom. SensorDishes® for oxygen (OxoDish®) and pH (HydroDish®) are available in the 24-well and 6-well format. Deep well plates with integrated oxygen sensors (OxoDish®-DW) allow measurements in shaken cultures. Read out of oxygen sensors integrated in glass vessels for respiration monitoring is also possible. The SensorDish® Reader can be used in incubators and on shakers and is thus the ideal tool for cell cultivation.


  • Parallel online monitoring in disposable 24- or 6-well plates
  • Non-invasive & non-destructive measurement
  • Deep well plates (for O2 monitoring in shaken cultures) & low well plates available
  • Pre-calibrated
  • For use in incubators and on shakers
  • Optional extension for monitoring of up to 240 samples

Selected Probes


Screenshot: SDR Software

Up to 10 SDRs are controlled by the user-friendly software. Oxygen and pH kinetics are visualized in real-time during the entire cultivation. Features like different graphical representations, optical display of deviations from the set point, trend analysis and other mathematical calculations are integrated. Calibration data are uploaded conveniently from a file. Measured data can be exported to Excel® or ASCII for further evaluation.


  • Improved process monitoring and security
  • Systematic optimization of culture parameters
  • Enhanced culture quality and efficiency
  • Real-time data acquisition indicates necessary medium changes instantly
  • Easy scale-up for parallel processing of up to 240 samples

The Smart Measurement Method

Illustration: SDR Measurement Method

A sensor spot is fixed at the bottom of each well of the multidish. The sensor spot contains a luminescent dye. It is excited by the SensorDish® Reader placed below the multidish, and its luminescence lifetime is detected non-invasively through the transparent bottom. The luminescence lifetime of the dye depends on the oxygen partial pressure (OxoDish®) and the pH of the sample (HydroDish®), respectively. It is converted to oxygen and pH values by the software without plate calibration by the user.

Examples for Applications

SDR in Hypoxia Chamber
More Security at Hypoxic Stem Cell Cultivation

The influence of medium change on dissolved oxygen (DO) at cultivation of human embryonic stem cells (hESC) was investigated at different oxygen tensions in the incubator atmosphere. Samples with full medium change using non-precalibrated medium showed a DO increase of  20 - 60 % air saturation. Other than expected, even half medium change with pre-incubated medium resulted in a notable DO increase of 10 - 30 % air saturation. The SensorDish® Reader can be used in hypoxia incubators, but also in small hypoxia chambers (see picture).

Barbara Ley, Prof. Oliver Brüstle, Life & Brain GmbH, Bonn, Germany

Graph: O2 and pH Monitoring in Human Chondrocyte Culture
Oxygen and pH Monitoring in Tissue Engineering

Human chondrocytes with different start concentrations were cultivated in OxoDish® and HydroDish®. At medium change after 5 days, some samples with the highest cell concentration were covered with paraffin oil. Oxygen kinetics show a dynamic equilibrium between oxygen ingress and consumption. Oxygen increased after 5 days due to reduced metabolism and, for the highest cell concentration, after 2 days due to cell redifferentiation. The oil cover led to a temporary oxygen decrease due to a changed equilibrium. pH changes were detected for even lower start cell concentrations.

Dr. Andreas Thomsen, CellGenix GmbH, Freiburg, Germany

Graph: O2 and pH Kinetics of Suspension-Adapted CHO Cells
Process Monitoring in Suspension-Adapted CHO Cell Cultures

Oxygen and pH kinetics of suspension-adapted CHO cells at different start concentrations were monitored. The kinetics correlated well with the initial cell concentrations. pH values decreased only to a minimum of 6.3 due to daily media change. Samples with the lowest cell concentration did not show any pH change due to lack of cell growth. The oxygen uptake rate increased at each medium change. For the highest initial cell concentration it decreased at the end of the cultivation due to forming of aggregates. The results were confirmed by microscopic investigation.

Dr. Harry Abts, Celonic GmbH, Jülich, Germany, BioProcess Int., Jan 2008: 64-66

SDR with Sensor Vials
Real-time Monitoring of the Respiration of Marine Zooplankton

Oxygen consumption of 3 - 4 copepod nauplii per sample was monitored in air-tight glass vials for 6 h. The nauplii were offered phytoplankton at environmental concentrations. Feeding and faecal pellet production rates were estimated simultaneously. The respiration rates were linear and steady, thus revealing that the nauplii were neither influenced by the vessel walls nor by diminishing of food. The respiration rate was compared to literature values of other species.The higher oxygen consumption of the nauplii was presumably due to constant feeding.

Dr. Marion Köster, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald, Germany, Mar Ecol Prog Ser 353: 157-164 (2008)

Technical Data

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