Publication Title: A Multichannel Microfluidic Sensing Cartridge for Bioanalytical Applications of Monolithic Quartz Crystal Microbalance

Journal:  Biosensors 2020, 10(12)

Communication Type: Scientific Publication

By:  María Calero,  Román Fernández, Pablo García, José Vicente García, María García, Esther Gamero-Sandemetrio, Ilya Reviakine, Antonio Arnau, and Yolanda Jiménez

AWSensors, Spain



Integrating acoustic wave sensors into lab-on-a-chip (LoC) devices is a well-known challenge. We address this challenge by designing a microfluidic device housing a monolithic array of 24 high-fundamental frequency quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (HFF-QCMD) sensors. The device features six 6-µL channels of four sensors each for low-volume parallel measurements, a sealing mechanism that provides appropriate pressure control while assuring liquid confinement and maintaining good stability, and provides a mechanical, electrical, and thermal interface with the characterization electronics. We validate the device by measuring the response of the HFF-QCMD sensors to the air-to-liquid transition, for which the robust Kanazawa–Gordon–Mason theory exists, and then by studying the adsorption of model bioanalytes (neutravidin and biotinylated albumin). With these experiments, we show how the effects of the protein–surface interactions propagate within adsorbed protein multilayers, offering essentially new insight into the design of affinity-based bioanalytical sensors.