This paper reports thermogravimetric analysis of nanogram samples of paraffin using a microcantilever hot plate. The microcantilever hot plate has an integrated temperature-controlled heater and integrated temperature-compensated strain-sensing piezoresistors. The microcantilever vibration amplitude was measured using either a laser and a position sensitive photodiode, or using the piezoresistors. The cantilever resonance was measured as the cantilever was heated, such that the analyte mass could be measured as a function of temperature. Both optical and piezoresistive methods were employed to generate thermogravimetric curves for analytes in the range of 1-3 ng, and the results of the two methods compared well.
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