Portable Data Acquisition System for Nano and Ultra-Micro Scale Electrochemical Sensors

This work describes a flexible and portable data acquisition system that has been developed to interface to nano and ultra-micro scale electrochemical sensors at the point of use. It can perform a range of voltammetric tests, including Cyclic Voltammetry, Square Wave Voltammetry and Generator Collector Voltammetery. The data acquisition system interfaces to a smartphone, operates from a rechargeable battery and is of suitable form factor to ensure that it’s fully portable. By utilising commercially available components, this system has been developed to lower the barrier for entry for the development of emerging portable electrochemical sensing technologies at micro and nano scale. To show the full range of functionality of the system, a use case involving river water quality monitoring is presented through generation of a calibration curve, using a recently developed Tyndall National Institute ultra-microband electrochemical sensor, for the detection of dissolved oxygen in river water.