Low-Cost QCM Sensor System for Screening Semen Samples

Michael I. Newton, Shaun Atherton, Robert H. Morris, Simon M. Stanley, Carl R. Evans, David C. Hughes, Glen McHale

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Artificial insemination is a well-established part of modern agricultural practice. A viable semen sample is judged by the total number of spermatozoa (sperm) in the sample and the motility of the sperm. In this paper, we report the development of a reusable measurement cell and electronics for screening semen samples based on the Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM) and Universal Frequency to Digital Converter (UFDC-1) to produce a low-cost sensor system. After introducing the semen sample at one end of the measurement cell, sperm swim down a channel before causing a frequency change on the QCM. Data is presented that shows the different frequency changes using a commercial frequency counter caused by porcine semen samples, one two days old and one twenty one days old. Similar data is presented for a motile semen sample measurement using the low-cost UFDC-1.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Sensors
Issue number326365
Publication statusPublished - 23 Dec 2010


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