Abstract

The demand for multi-point water quality monitoring is increasing to solve the global problem of safe drinking water supply and environmental water contamination by industries. Therefore, compact devices are needed for on-site water quality analysis. On-site devices require low cost and high durability because they are placed outdoors, exposing them to strong ultraviolet rays and a wide range of temperatures. Our previous study reported on a compact and low-cost water quality meter that uses microfluidic devices with resin to monitor chemicals. In this study, we extended the fabrication range of the glass molding method to fabricate a glass microfluidic device with a 300 µm deep channel on a 50 mm in diameter substrate for constructing a low-cost and high-durability device. Finally, we developed a low-cost, highly robust glass device with a diamond-like carbon-coated channel surface to measure residual chlorine. The experimental results indicated that this device can endure outdoor conditions and be attached to small internet of things devices for analyzing chemical substances, such as residual chlorine.Graphical

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