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CHEMICAL SENSOR WITH OSCILLATING CANTILEVERED PROBE

United States Patent Application

20130139285
A1
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The invention provides a method of detecting a chemical species with an oscillating cantilevered probe. A cantilevered beam is driven into oscillation with a drive mechanism coupled to the cantilevered beam. A free end of the oscillating cantilevered beam is tapped against a mechanical stop coupled to a base end of the cantilevered beam. An amplitude of the oscillating cantilevered beam is measured with a sense mechanism coupled to the cantilevered beam. A treated portion of the cantilevered beam is exposed to the chemical species, wherein the cantilevered beam bends when exposed to the chemical species. A second amplitude of the oscillating cantilevered beam is measured, and the chemical species is determined based on the measured amplitudes.
Adams, Jesse D. (Reno, NV)
Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education, on Behalf of the University of Nevada (Reno NV)
13/ 752,626
January 29, 2013
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT RIGHTS [0002] This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded by the United States Department of Energy to the University of Nevada, Reno and the Government has certain rights in this invention.