Carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) is a commonly monitored gas; however, few commercially available sensors exist that can accurately measure CO 2 concentrations with low cost and low power consumption. This work presents initial assessments of microelectromechanical sensors based upon small-scale resonators embedded in an oscillator circuit for CO 2 gas concentration measurement. Devices were functionalized with a polymerized ionic liquid via an inkjet printing technique. An imidazolium cation functionality with a hexafluorophosphate anion chemistry (poly(1-methyl-3-(4-vinylbenzyl)-1H-imidazol-3-ium) hexafluorophosphate [PMVBI-PF 6 ]) was added to a polystyrene backbone motif, as this combination has previously shown significant CO 2 interactions when utilized as a sorbent material for the capture of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Assessments were performed in a bench-top environmental test chamber by introducing a known amount of CO 2 balanced with nitrogen, down to 100 ppm. The oscillation frequency was measured using a custom digital logic-based frequency counter circuit implemented in a field-programmable gate array (FPGA). The results show that the proposed approach, with additional development, could serve as an alternative to current commercially available CO 2 sensing technologies.

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