According tomedia reports, there is no doubt that when chemists stir the solution in the laboratory, they need to check how the properties of the solution change. A new type of “smart agitator” is designed to take this into account because it automatically detects and reports conversions. Developed by scientists at the University of Warwick in the UK, the device is an advanced magnetic mixing rod.
In its traditional form, the magnetic stirrer rod consists of a capsule-shaped magnet that is enclosed in a plastic enclosure. The magnet is placed in a beaker filled with liquid, which in turn is placed on a platform that generates a rotating magnetic field. As a result, the magnets keep rotating and stirring the liquid.
What sets the smart mixer apart is that it monitors the color, transparency, conductivity, viscosity and temperature of the solution by using cheap commercially available sensors. If these parameters change, the device notifies the user wirelessly. Due to The modular design of TheLiker, its creators claim that adding additional sensors should be relatively easy.
Nevertheless, they note that the current prototype can only operate at a limited temperature range.
A recent research paper led by Nikolay Cherkasov and Dmitry Isakov was published in the journal ACS Sensors.