Contactless conductivity sensor employing moist paper as absorbent for in-situ detection of generated carbon dioxide gas

Sonsa-ard, Thitaporn and Chantipmanee, Nattapong and Fukana, Nutnaree and Hauser, Peter C. and Wilairat, Prapin and Nacapricha, Duangjai. (2020) Contactless conductivity sensor employing moist paper as absorbent for in-situ detection of generated carbon dioxide gas. Analytica Chimica Acta, 1118. pp. 44-51.

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This work presents an unconventional use of capacitively coupled contactless conductivity detector (C4D) for detection of gas absorption by moist paper with potential application for chemical analysis. To be suitable for measuring conductivity of moist paper absorbent, the C4D sensor was therefore designed in planar configuration. A layer of dry filter paper, only 20 mm x 25 mm in size, was placed on the C4D sensor and the device installed inside a specifically designed vaporization chamber. A vial (16 mm i.d., 8 mm high) containing a 150-mu L solution of sodium bicarbonate was placed alongside. The filter paper was loaded with 110 mu L of deionized water through an injection hole in the cover lid. A 100-mu L aliquot of 2 M hydrochloric acid solution was directly dispensed into the vial through a second hole in the lid to generate CO2 gas from the bicarbonate solution. It was observed that the C4D sensor gave real-time response that corresponded to the absorption of the gas and subsequent production of H+ and HCO3- in the moist paper. The monitored signal reached a constant value at 160 s after the addition of the acid. Chemistry of the absorption process and equivalent circuit for the C4D are proposed. Direct measurement of cement powder was chosen to demonstrate the potential use of this device for quantifying the CaCO3 content of the cement. The calibration curve for 0.5-3 mg CaCO3 was linear for signals recorded at 160 s: V-dc = (0.172 +/- 0.005) center dot (mg CaCO3) + (0.016 +/- 0.009), with coefficient of determination of 0.9965. Linear calibrations were also observed when the signals were monitored at various time less than 160 s. The limit of quantitation (3 SD of intercept/slope) was 0.17 mg CaCO3. The method provided acceptable precision with %RSD of 4.6 (2 mg CaCO3, n = 10). (C) 2020 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Chemie > Chemie > Analytische Chemie (Hauser)
UniBasel Contributors:Hauser, Peter C. P. C.
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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