Design of a portable and low-cost mass-sensitive sensor with the capability of measurements on various frequency quartz tuning forks
Unal, Mehmet Altay
Kocum, Ismail Cengiz
Cokeliler Serdaroglu, Dilek
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Recently, sensor and biosensor applications have become widespread and are now significant tools in the biomedical field and other areas. Since quartz tuning fork (QTF) resonance frequency depends on the mass adsorbed to its prongs, it is generally used to measure minor mass change and detect target analyte in picogram levels. This study is undertaken to design and fabricate a sensor device for the measurement of QTF transducers. When QTF sensor studies were investigated, it was found that explanations on the details of instrumentation part were limited, and in addition, there was no compact commercial products. In this study, a novel, low-cost, portable quartz tuning fork sensor device with ability to work with any kind of display is presented in detail. Moreover, the effect of the ambient temperature during the measurements was checked. Six other QTF transducer types, 32, 32.768, 40, 65.536, 75, and 100 kHz, have been studied as the other novel part of the research. As a result, a QTF sensor device was fabricated that has further advanced features when compared with its alternatives and works with a more accurate measurement method. Owing to this advancement, using biosensor/chemical sensor which consists of QTF transducers with features that can take sensitive analyte measurement in picogram level will be able to spread.