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Surface stress sensors for detection of chemical and biological species
Author(s): K. Kang; J. Marquardt; P. Shrotriya
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Paper Abstract

A miniature differential surface stress sensor consisting of two adjacent micromachined cantilevers (a sensing/reference pair) is developed for detection of chemical and biological species. Presence of analyte species is detected by measuring the differential surface stress associated with adsorption/absorption of chemical species on sensing cantilever. A novel interferometric technique is utilized to measure the differential surface stress induced bending of sensing cantilever with respect to reference cantilever. Sensor performance is characterized through measurement of surface stress associated with formation of alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on gold coated sensing cantilever. Chemisorptions and self-assembly of alkanethiol molecules onto the gold-coated cantilever surface leads to development of compressive surface stress. Magnitude of measured surface stress compares well with data reported in literature.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 April 2007
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6529, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2007, 65290M (10 April 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.715958
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K. Kang, Iowa State Univ. (United States)
J. Marquardt, Iowa State Univ. (United States)
P. Shrotriya, Iowa State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6529:
Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2007
Masayoshi Tomizuka; Chung-Bang Yun; Victor Giurgiutiu, Editor(s)

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