We present microcantilever-based sensors for the characterization of biopolymer degradation by enzymes. Thin films of Poly(L-lactide) (PLLA) were spray-coated onto SU-8 cantilevers with well-known material properties and dimensions. The micromechanical sensors were immersed in solutions of proteinase K to investigate enzymatic degradation of PLLA. A decrease of the resonance frequency after immersion indicated degradation of the biopolymer coating and allowed the estimation of the degradation rate at a specific enzyme concentration.
Ieee 24. International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (mems), 2011