In this work, a new flexible and biocompatible microfluidic pH sensor based on surface acoustic waves (SAWs) is presented. The device consists of polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) as a flexible substrate on which aluminum nitride (AlN) has been deposited as a piezoelectric material. The fabrication of suitable interdigitated transducers (IDTs) generates Lamb waves (L-SAW) with a center frequency ≈500 MHz traveling in the active region. A SU-8 microfluidics employing ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) functionalization as a pH-sensitive layer is fabricated between the IDTs, causing a shift in the L-SAW resonance frequency as a function of the change in pH values. The obtained sensitivity of ≈30 kHz/pH from pH 7 to pH 2 demonstrates the high potential of flexible SAW devices to be used in the measurement of pH in fluids and biosensing.

Flexible saw microfluidic devices as wearable ph sensors based on zno nanoparticles

Piro L.;Lamanna L.;Balena A.;Mariello M.;De Vittorio M.
2021-01-01

Abstract

In this work, a new flexible and biocompatible microfluidic pH sensor based on surface acoustic waves (SAWs) is presented. The device consists of polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) as a flexible substrate on which aluminum nitride (AlN) has been deposited as a piezoelectric material. The fabrication of suitable interdigitated transducers (IDTs) generates Lamb waves (L-SAW) with a center frequency ≈500 MHz traveling in the active region. A SU-8 microfluidics employing ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) functionalization as a pH-sensitive layer is fabricated between the IDTs, causing a shift in the L-SAW resonance frequency as a function of the change in pH values. The obtained sensitivity of ≈30 kHz/pH from pH 7 to pH 2 demonstrates the high potential of flexible SAW devices to be used in the measurement of pH in fluids and biosensing.
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