Reproducibility of the sensor response is one of the fundamental themes for obtaining marketable devices with ahigh degree of reliability. This parameter becomes decisive especially if the sensor signals are used to identifycompound mixtures by means of recognition algorithms. In fact, to apply the same algorithm to different devices,sensors must be identical within a minimum error margin. This point became crucial for medical diagnostictools, e.g., for cancer screening and monitoring.A set of three thermo-activated thick-film Zinc Oxide (ZnO) sensors, obtained from the same screen-printingdeposition, have been tested in laboratory with diverse gases and two biological fecal samples. Fecal sampleshave been employed in the clinical validation protocol of a device for non-invasive colorectal cancer pre-screening, as emitters of oncologic volatile biomarkers. Sensors showed a good reproducibility degree, with anerror lower than 10% of response value for all compounds, reaching 1%–2% for some gases.

Reproducibility tests with zinc oxide thick-film sensors

Zonta, G.
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Astolfi, M.;Casotti, D.;Cruciani, G.;Fabbri, B.;Gaiardo, A.;Gherardi, S.;Guidi, V.;Landini, N.;Valt, M.;Malagù, C.
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2019

Abstract

Reproducibility of the sensor response is one of the fundamental themes for obtaining marketable devices with ahigh degree of reliability. This parameter becomes decisive especially if the sensor signals are used to identifycompound mixtures by means of recognition algorithms. In fact, to apply the same algorithm to different devices,sensors must be identical within a minimum error margin. This point became crucial for medical diagnostictools, e.g., for cancer screening and monitoring.A set of three thermo-activated thick-film Zinc Oxide (ZnO) sensors, obtained from the same screen-printingdeposition, have been tested in laboratory with diverse gases and two biological fecal samples. Fecal sampleshave been employed in the clinical validation protocol of a device for non-invasive colorectal cancer pre-screening, as emitters of oncologic volatile biomarkers. Sensors showed a good reproducibility degree, with anerror lower than 10% of response value for all compounds, reaching 1%–2% for some gases.
Zonta, G.; Astolfi, M.; Casotti, D.; Cruciani, G.; Fabbri, B.; Gaiardo, A.; Gherardi, S.; Guidi, V.; Landini, N.; Valt, M.; Malagù, C.
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