A Resonant Gas Sensor Based on Multimode Excitation of a Buckled Microbeam

Amal Hajjaj, Nizar Jaber, Nouha Alcheikh, Mohammad I. Younis

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We report a new gas sensing technique based on the simultaneous tracking of multiple modes of vibration of an electrothermally heated bridge resonator operated near the buckling point. The proposed technique maximizes the sensitivity of the sensor to changes in gases concentrations. We demonstrate a 200% frequency shift in contrast to 0.5% resistance change using the conventional resistive technique. The method also demonstrates selective identification for some gases without the need for surface functionalization of the microstructure. The proposed method is simple in principle and design and is promising for achieving practical low-cost gas sensors.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1778-1785
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Sensors Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 30 2019

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: This work was supported by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).


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