A comparison of surface acoustic wave (SAW) and quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) based sensors for portable, online mercury vapour sensing

Kabir, K, Ippolito, S, Sabri, Y, Harrison, C, Matthews, G and Bhargava, S 2014, 'A comparison of surface acoustic wave (SAW) and quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) based sensors for portable, online mercury vapour sensing', in K. Stevenson (ed.) Proceedings of Chemeca 2014: Processing Excellence: Powering our Future, Perth, Australia, 28 September - 1 October 2014, pp. 1-9.


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Collection: Conference Papers

Title A comparison of surface acoustic wave (SAW) and quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) based sensors for portable, online mercury vapour sensing
Author(s) Kabir, K
Ippolito, S
Sabri, Y
Harrison, C
Matthews, G
Bhargava, S
Year 2014
Conference name Chemeca 2014
Conference location Perth, Australia
Conference dates 28 September - 1 October 2014
Proceedings title Proceedings of Chemeca 2014: Processing Excellence: Powering our Future
Editor(s) K. Stevenson
Publisher IChemE
Place of publication Australia
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Abstract The development of effective elemental mercury (Hg 0 ) vapour sensor is required to monitor the efficiency of Hg 0 removal technologies within industrial processes. In this paper, two different mass based transducers; surface acoustic wave (SAW) and quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) based Hg 0 vapour sensors were tested simultaneously in order to compare the performance of the two transducer platforms in real time. The sensors were tested towards low concentrations (24 to 365 ppbv) of Hg 0 vapour at close to room temperature (35°C). It was found that the SAW based sensor had up to 80 times higher response magnitude than the QCM based sensor when exposed to the Hg 0 vapour concentrations tested. The calculated coefficient of variance (COV) for both the SAW and QCM based sensors were found to be equivalent to ±5 ppbv and ±7 ppbv, respectively when tested towards a Hg 0 vapour concentration of 104 ppbv. The results indicated that the SAW based sensor had a lower limit of detection (LOD) of ~2.6 ppbv, whereas the QCM had a LOD of ~8ppbv.
Subjects Electrochemistry
Keyword(s) SAW
QCM
mercury
sensor
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