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Biochemical microsensors on the basis of metabolically sensitive hydrogels
Author(s): Margarita Günther; Gerald Gerlach; Thomas Wallmersperger; Florian Solzbacher; Jules J. Magda; Genyao Lin; Prashant Tathireddy; Michael P. Orthner
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Paper Abstract

With the rapid development of micro systems technology and microelectronics, smart electronic systems are emerging for the continuous surveillance of relevant parameters in the body and even for closed-loop systems with a sensor feedback to drug release systems. With respect to diabetes management, there is a critical societal need for a sensor that can be used to continuously measure a patient's blood glucose concentration twenty four hours a day on a long-term basis. In this work, thin films of "stimuli-responsive" or "smart" hydrogels were combined with microfabricated piezoresistive pressure transducers to obtain "chemomechanical sensors" that can serve as selective and versatile wireless biomedical sensors. The sensitivity of hydrogels with regard to the concentration of glucose in solutions with physiological pH, ionic strength and temperature was investigated in vitro. The response of the glucose-sensitive hydrogel was studied at different regimes of the glucose concentration change and at different temperatures. Sensor response time and accuracy with which a sensor can track gradual changes in glucose was estimated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 March 2011
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7976, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2011, 79762D (28 March 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.880460
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Margarita Günther, Technische Univ. Dresden (Germany)
Gerald Gerlach, Technische Univ. Dresden (Germany)
Thomas Wallmersperger, Technische Univ. Dresden (Germany)
Florian Solzbacher, The Univ. of Utah (United States)
Jules J. Magda, The Univ. of Utah (United States)
Genyao Lin, The Univ. of Utah (United States)
Prashant Tathireddy, The Univ. of Utah (United States)
Michael P. Orthner, The Univ. of Utah (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7976:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2011
Yoseph Bar-Cohen; Federico Carpi, Editor(s)

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