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Detection of Zn in water using novel functionalised planar microwave sensors

Frau, I, Wylie, S, Byrne, PA, Cullen, J, Korostynska, O and Mason, A (2019) Detection of Zn in water using novel functionalised planar microwave sensors. Materials Science and Engineering: B, 247. ISSN 0921-5107

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Metal pollution in aquatic environments has attracted global attention. Current methods are not able to monitor water quality in-situ at low-cost. This paper reports on a novel approach for detecting changes in the concentration of zinc in water using electrical and a microwave sensor method, adopting two planar sensors: one was functionalised with a screen-printed β-Bi2O3 based coating, while the other was uncoated. Results show that both electrical and the microwave sensor responses were dependent on the presence and concentration of Zn in water with R2 = 0.93-0.99. The functionalised sensor with a 60 μm thick β-Bi2O3 based film offers improved performance compared with both uncoated and functionalised sensors with 40 μm thick coating for detecting the changes of Zn concentrations in water for low levels (100 and 500 μg/L). This novel sensing system could be a cost-effective alternative to the current offline methods.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 02 Physical Sciences, 03 Chemical Sciences, 09 Engineering
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Divisions: Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Civil Engineering (merged with Built Env 10 Aug 20)
Natural Sciences & Psychology (closed 31 Aug 19)
Publisher: Elsevier
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2019 08:59
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 09:11
DOI or Identification number: 10.1016/j.mseb.2019.114382
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11008

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