What I want to do
Measure small amounts of oil in water making use of solvent free extraction and dispersion of oil in water.
My attempt and results
The full details are posted on my blog but briefly making use of a non-toxic extraction using a detergent I was able to disperse the oil into the solution and detect 100 ppm of olive oil in water.
Sample Frequency (Hz) Water 42.9±0.2 Triton X-100 45.0±0.2 100 ppm olive oil 55.1±0.2 1000 ppm olive oil 62.3±0.2 Pure olive oil 5985 Room lights 20,000
Questions and next steps
I would really like to integrate this into a sheild for a low-cost microcontroller like an Arduino.
Improving the detection limit could be done by integrating some optics into the design.
Another next step is to work out sampling methods to allow for comparisons with different samples. (which have probably already been developed by environmental agencies)
Why I'm interested
Identifying the type of oil is the first step in determining what oil pollution is present however it would be excellent to quantify the oil pollution. I am also interested in measuring turbidity of water using this as I think the light sensor is accurate enough.