Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Faculty Research

Title

Optimization of a Multi-phase Sensor for Detection of Phosphonates in Air

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 2010

Abstract

The objective of this article is to report the modeling and optimization of a new MEMS-based phosphonate sensor that utilizes a porous membrane between a gas and a liquid stream to allow operation at low-liquid and high-gas flow rates. Previous work from our laboratory demonstrated that phosphonate molecules can be detected with such a device, but the sensitivity was insufficient for certain applications (e.g., detection of pesticides in foodstuffs). In this article, COMSOL simulations and design of experiments were used to optimize the device. We find that both the simulation and the experiment show that (i) the size of the pores in the membranes and (ii) the liquid channel height make the most difference to the sensor response. Also, by optimizing the geometry, the sensitivity of the device could be enhanced. The optimized device can detect 109 molecules with good signal to noise. © 2009 American Institute of Chemical Engineers AIChE J, 2010

Volume

56

Issue

1

First Page

241

Last Page

247