Rapid integrated microfluidic paper-based system for sulfur dioxide detection

Chan Chiung Liu, Yao Nan Wang, Lung Ming Fu, Dong Yu Yang

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An integrated platform consisting of a microfluidic paper-based/PMMA (Polymethyl-Methacrylate) chip and a small battery-operated detection system is proposed for the concentration detection of sulfur dioxide (SO2). In the proposed method, a small strip of filter paper is coated with acid-base indicator and then inserted into a PMMA microchip. The SO2sample is then injected into the reservoir of the chip; prompting a reaction with the acid-base indicator. The chip is transferred to the detection system, where the reaction-induced color change is captured by a CMOS (Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor) camera. Finally, the CMOS image is transferred to a cell phone via a USB (Universal Serial Bus) connector and the SO2concentration is derived using self-written RGB color analysis software. The experimental results obtained for 10 control samples show that the correlation coefficient for the variation of the R(ed) signal intensity with the SO2concentration is equal to R2 = 0.9971 in the low-concentration range (20 ∼ 600 ppm) and R2 = 0.9920 in the high-concentration range (600 ∼ 5000 ppm). The real-world applicability of the proposed platform is demonstrated by measuring the SO2concentrations of fifteen commercial food samples. The concentration measurements deviate by no more than 4.29% from those obtained using a standard macroscale technique. Overall, the results presented in this study show that the proposed integrated microfluidic paper-based system provides a cheap, compact and reliable method for SO2concentration measurement purposes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)790-796
Number of pages7
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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