Publication Date

Summer 2016

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Yan Cao (Director), Bangbo Yan, and Darwin Dahl

Degree Program

Department of Chemistry

Degree Type

Master of Science


QCM sensor is a response to a kind of broad spectrum, high sensitivity, and simple structure, low-cost detection device, and particularly its quality as a type of gas sensor is widely used. With the successful oscillation in liquid phase, QCM sensor has been involved in the application analytical chemistry, surface chemistry, biochemistry and environmental monitoring side and many other scientific fields. With sensitive surface film as the sensitive element, AT-cut quartz crystal as energy transducer components by changes of the relationship between mass of surface film and frequency of QCM sensor transduces signals of mass or concentration into output frequency signal of sensor, thus achieve changes of mass or concentration detection. This paper mainly states how to design a low-cost QCM system platform with Arduino microcontroller board based on QCM sensor specific properties. For the oscillator circuit selection and differential frequency circuit design, the shield board has properly matched Arduino Mega2560, then by programming code to make Arduino acquire frequency of QCM sensor in real-time. Meanwhile, the interface and data store are corresponding convenient for real- time observing and data post-processing. By the tests of anhydrous ethanol evaporation, QCM system platform was calibrated and Sauerbrey equation verification. Moreover, this paper studies that photocatalytic degradation processing of Rhodamine B (RB) and methyl orange solution at the Surface of nanocrystalline TiO2 by QCM sensor.


Analytical Chemistry