The Chemical Educator
ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)
Abstract Volume 21
(2016) pp 143-145
An Open Platform Microcontrolled-pH Meters
Nicolas Tran and Eugene T. Smith*
Honors College-Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter, FL 33458, email@example.com
Published: 8 August 2016
Abstract. A laboratory exercise, which is appropriate for an instrumental methods course, is described that involves the assembly and testing of a pH-meter. The pH meter consists of a printed circuit board (PCB) and an mbed microcontroller. Students mount surface components on a PCB using a soldering station and reflow oven. After assembly, they use the pH-meter connected to a laptop computer to record pH measurements directly into a spreadsheet. The microcontroller runs a simple C++ program that is loaded directly into flash memory, and the Excel spreadsheet utilizes a simple program written in Excel’s built-in programming language (VBA). Supporting material, including instructional videos, should allow instructors with little experience in this technology to produce working pH meters without investing significant time or money.
Key Words: Laboratories and Demonstrations; instrumental chemistry
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