Polymer wire chemical sensor using a microfabricated tuning fork

S. Boussaad, Nongjian Tao

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We have measured the mechanical properties of a polymer wire bridged across the two prongs of a microfabricated tuning fork. The polymer wire is formed by stretching so that it has a built-in mechanical stress. Upon exposure to organic vapors, the stress in the polymer wire diminishes, which is sensitively detected from the changes in the resonance of the tuning fork. We have also shown that by trimming the polymer wire from micrometers down to nanometers the sensitivity and response improve considerably because of an increased surface-to-volume ratio and sharper resonance of the polymer wire-tuning fork system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1173-1176
Number of pages4
JournalNano Letters
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2003


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering

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