A new MEMS based sensor technology, embedded piezoresistive microcantilever (EPM) sensors, may be useful in the real-time monitoring of hydration levels in athletes or other individuals whose activities may result in dehydration. In these devices, organic polymers or functionalized polymeric materials respond to osmolality changes in a person's saliva by expanding or contracting volumetrically. These volumetric changes are measured by tiny piezoresistive microcantilevers embedded in the polymeric material. In this report, we have tested a prototype device utilizing UV crosslinked poly(vinyl acetate) as the active sensing material. This device was able to reliably respond to 1% changes in sodium chloride concentration in solution or alternately to 1% changes in relative humidity.
- MEMS sensor
- Piezoresistive microcantilever
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biomedical Engineering