Contactless conductivity detector from printed circuit board for paper-based analytical systems

Chantipmanee, Nattapong and Sonsa-ard, Thitaporn and Fukana, Nutnaree and Kotakanok, Kamolchanok and Mantim, Thitirat and Wilairat, Prapin and Hauser, Peter C. and Nacapricha, Duangjai. (2020) Contactless conductivity detector from printed circuit board for paper-based analytical systems. Talanta, 206. p. 120227.

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This work presents a capacitively coupled contactiess conductivity detector ((CD)-D-4) etched out from a printed circuit board (PCB) as potential sensor for paper-based analytical systems. Two lines of any desirable pattern forming 35-mu m thick planar copper electrodes were produced on a PCB plate (40 mm x 60 mm) by photolithography. The final PCB plate was covered with polypropylene film to serve as the insulating layer for the (CD)-D-4 detector. The film also protected the copper electrodes from corrosion. Electrodes made in this planar geometry make the PCB-(CD)-D-4 suitable as sensor for flat devices such as paper-based analytical devices. For this work, plain paper strips were employed as sample reservoir and as fluidic channel without hydrophobic pattern. A dried paper strip was first placed over the sensor, followed by dispensing a fixed volume of the liquid sample onto the paper. Entrapment of the liquid sample in the paper strip leads to reproducible size and position of the detection zone of the sample liquid for the capacitive coupling effect. High precision was obtained with %RSD <= 1% (n = 18) for standard solutions of KCl. Soil suspensions could be analyzed without prior filtration by placing a drop onto the paper strip extending away from the detector zone. The paper strip filtered out soil particles at the surface of the paper. Therefore, only soil filtrate moved towards the detection zone by lateral flow. The (CD)-D-4 detection using paper strip showed high tolerance to soil suspension with turbidity up to 6657 NTU, offering direct analysis of soil salinity. Cleaning with moist tissue paper between samples is adequate even for dirty samples such as soil suspension. We also monitored conductivity of acid-base reaction in the microfluidic paper channels, which was later applied to the quantification of bicarbonate in water and in antacid tablet ("Soda Mint Tablet").
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
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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