Single Interdigital Transducer Approach for Gravimetrical SAW Sensor Applications in Liquid Environments
AbstractSurface acoustic wave (SAW) devices are well known for mass-sensitive sensor applications. In biosensing applications, chemical and biochemically evoked binding processes on surfaces are detected in liquid environments using delay line or resonator sensor configurations, preferably in combination with the appropriate microfluidic devices. All configurations share the common feature of analyzing the transmission characteristic of the propagating SAW. In this paper, a novel SAW-based impedance sensor type is introduced which uses only one interdigital transducer (IDT), simultaneously as the SAW generator and the sensor element. Here, the input port reflection coefficient S11 is measured at the IDT instead of the commonly used S21 transmission forward gain parameter. Thus, a sharp and distinct peak of the S11 spectrum is obtained, enabling a comfortable direct readout of the sensor signal. Proof of the concept was gained by analyzing the specific binding of the 4-mercaptophenylacetic acid gold nanoparticles (MPA–AuNP) directly to the IDT surface. The corresponding binding kinetic of the MPA–AuNP on the functionalized gold surface has been analyzed and a sensitivity of 7.4 mΩ nM−1 has been determined. View Full-Text
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Nguyen, V.H.; Kaulen, C.; Simon, U.; Schnakenberg, U. Single Interdigital Transducer Approach for Gravimetrical SAW Sensor Applications in Liquid Environments. Sensors 2017, 17, 2931.
Nguyen VH, Kaulen C, Simon U, Schnakenberg U. Single Interdigital Transducer Approach for Gravimetrical SAW Sensor Applications in Liquid Environments. Sensors. 2017; 17(12):2931.Chicago/Turabian Style
Nguyen, Vu H.; Kaulen, Corinna; Simon, Ulrich; Schnakenberg, Uwe. 2017. "Single Interdigital Transducer Approach for Gravimetrical SAW Sensor Applications in Liquid Environments." Sensors 17, no. 12: 2931.
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