Study of PEG Tether Length of Pegylated-Lipid Sensing Films in QCM Odor Sensors
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Odor sensing system using quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) sensor array and pattern recognition technique has been for a long time an important research topic. Research of novel sensing materials for QCM odor sensors is vital for realization of artificial olfaction and related devices such as odor recorder. Herein we study quartz crystal microbalance (QCM, 20 MHz, AT-cut) sensors coated with lipopolymers with polyethylene glycol (PEG) as a tether. The tether's molecular weights were 1000, 2000 and 5000. In addition, we fabricated QCM sensors coated with PEGs of molecular weights 1000, 2000 and 4000. The fabricated sensors' properties were evaluated during experiments of exposures to vapors of alcohols, esters and acids. From the obtained results it is clear that the tether's length (molecular weight) is an important factor influencing the resulting material's sensing properties. Sensititivity patterns of the lipopolymeric sensors were clealrly different from the ones for respective polymers. The obtained sensors seem to have a good capability to discriminate among odor samples according to the functional group of an odorant.
- The Journal of the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan
The Journal of the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan 127(3), 165-169, 2007-03-01
The Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan