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Development of MEMS-based liquid chromatography modules for agrofood applications
Author(s): Antonella Benvenuto; Leandro Lorenzelli; Cristian Collini; Vittorio Guarnieri; Andrea Adami; Elisa Morganti
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Paper Abstract

This work presents the realization of a MEMS-based miniaturized system for liquid chromatography focused on agrofood applications, and in particular on the detection of wine defects. The main modules of the systems are: i.) a Si-based separation column with inlet/outlet for fluidic connections; ii.) a three-microelectrode voltammetric sensor. Moreover, a Platinum heater has been realized on the back side of the chip containing the Si column in order to operate at temperatures greater than the room temperature. The realized device consists of a Silicon/Pyrex structure realised by anodic bonding. Microchannels and inlet/outlet have been fabricated by Deep Reactive Ion Etching (DRIE) and Tetra Methyl Ammonium Hydroxide (TMAH) wet etching respectively. The column has been functionalised with n-octyltriethoxysilane (C8-TEOS). A lift-off technique has been developed for realizing the Pt heater and the Pt microelectrodes on-chip. In order to separately characterize the main modules of the device, a package of the system has been realized following a modular approach; appropriate tubing and nanovolume connections have been used in order to minimize dead volumes. Then other packages approaches have been considered in order to minimize dead volumes and to avoid leakage issues. Preliminary characterization tests of the two main modules have been performed. The capability of the system to correctly retain and detect Acetic acid has been tested.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 May 2007
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6589, Smart Sensors, Actuators, and MEMS III, 65890D (15 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.721936
Show Author Affiliations
Antonella Benvenuto, FBK-irst (Italy)
Leandro Lorenzelli, FBK-irst (Italy)
Cristian Collini, FBK-irst (Italy)
Vittorio Guarnieri, FBK-irst (Italy)
Andrea Adami, FBK-irst (Italy)
Elisa Morganti, FBK-irst (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6589:
Smart Sensors, Actuators, and MEMS III
Thomas Becker; Carles Cané; N. Scott Barker, Editor(s)

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