The drive towards cleaner industrial processes has led to the development of room temperature ionic liquids (RTIL) as environmentally friendly solvents. They comprise solely of ions which are liquid at room temperature and with over one million simple RTIL alone it is important to characterize their physical properties using minimal sample volumes. Here we present a dual Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM) which allows separate determination of viscosity and density using a total sample volume of only 240 mu L. Liquid traps were fabricated on the sensing area of one QCM using SU-8 10 polymer with a second QCM having a flat surface. Changes in the resonant frequencies were used to extract separate values for viscosity and density. Measurements of a range of pure RTIL with minimal water content have been made on five different trap designs. The best agreement with measurements from the larger volume techniques was obtained for trap widths of around 50 pm thus opening up the possibility of integration into lab-on-a-chip systems.
|Title of host publication
|2009 IEEE SENSORS, VOLS 1-3
|Place of Publication
|Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
|Number of pages
|Published - 2009
|8th IEEE Conference on Sensors - Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 25 Oct 2009 → 28 Oct 2009
|8th IEEE Conference on Sensors
|25/10/2009 → 28/10/2009