Hybrid Simulation Approach on MEMS Piezoresistive Microcantilever Sensor for Biosensing Applications
This paper uses a hybrid simulation approach in CoventorWare design environment which combines finite element analysis and circuit simulation modeling to obtain the optimal performance of piezoresistive microcantilever sensor. A 250 μm x 100 μm x 1 μm SiO2 cantilever integrated with 0.2 μm thick Si piezoresistor were used in this study. A finite element analysis on piezoresistive microcantilever sensor was conducted in CoventorWare Analyzer environment which incorporates MemMech and MemPZR modules. The sensor sensitivity was obtained by measuring resistivity changes in piezoresistive material in response to surface stress changes of microcantilever. The simulation results were later integrated with system-level simulation solver called Architect to enable the optimization of the sensor circuit output. It involves a hybrid approach which uniquely combined FEM analysis and piezoresistive modeling using circuit simulation environment which results in optimal performance of MEMS piezoresistive microcantilever sensor.
Selin Teo, A. Q. Liu, H. Li and B. Tarik
R. A. Rahim et al., "Hybrid Simulation Approach on MEMS Piezoresistive Microcantilever Sensor for Biosensing Applications", Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 74, pp. 283-286, 2009