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Sensors 2014, 14(11), 20468-20479;

New Approach to a Practical Quartz Crystal Microbalance Sensor Utilizing an Inkjet Printing System

Health Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), 2217-14, Hayashi-cho, Takamatsu, Kagawa 761-0395, Japan
CEA-LETI, MINATEC, Campus, 17 rue des Martyrs, 38054 Grenoble Cedex 9, France
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Received: 14 September 2014 / Revised: 20 October 2014 / Accepted: 27 October 2014 / Published: 30 October 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mass-Sensitive Sensors Based on Biomimetic Recognition)
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The present work demonstrates a valuable approach to developing quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) sensor units inexpensively for reliable determination of analytes. This QCM sensor unit is constructed by inkjet printing equipment utilizing background noise removal techniques. Inkjet printing equipment was chosen as an alternative to an injection pump in conventional flow-mode systems to facilitate the commercial applicability of these practical devices. The results demonstrate minimization of fluctuations from external influences, determination of antigen-antibody interactions in an inkjet deposition, and quantification of C-reactive protein in the range of 50–1000 ng∙mL−1. We thus demonstrate a marketable application of an inexpensive and easily available QCM sensor system. View Full-Text
Keywords: QCM; inkjet print; inexpensive QCM; inkjet print; inexpensive
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Fuchiwaki, Y.; Tanaka, M.; Makita, Y.; Ooie, T. New Approach to a Practical Quartz Crystal Microbalance Sensor Utilizing an Inkjet Printing System. Sensors 2014, 14, 20468-20479.

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