A preliminary study of identification halal gelatin using Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM) sensor





Gelatin, Halal, Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM), Sensor


Gelatin has been widely used as an additive in pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and food industry. The similar physical appearance between bovine and porcine gelatin causes an issue for some communities like a Muslim due to awareness of halal food. A Muslim community consider porcine gelatin is non-halal material which must be avoided. So there is a demand to distinguish and labeling the origin source of the gelatin in any products. In turn, it lead to development of  a method to identify the source of gelatin. In this study, performance of a modified Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM) sensor to identify halal gelatin has been investigated. A QCM sensor was modified by depositing polyaniline/nickel compound on the surface of gold electrode QCM carried out by Layer by Layer (LbL) deposition technique. Bovine and porcine gelatin were measured in demineralized water at pH 9. This modified QCM sensor shows good frequency response to distinguish bovine and porcine gelatin. The measurements gave a negative frequency shifts for bovine gelatin and a positive frequency shifts for porcine gelatin. The modified QCM sensor also worked well in the real sample. This indicates that a modified QCM sensor is very useful and effective technique to distinguish bovine gelatin (halal) from porcine gelatin (non-halal).

Author Biographies

Diwasasri Pradini, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember

Chemistry Department

Hendro Juwono, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember

Chemistry Department

Kartika Anoraga Madurani, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember

Halal Center of ITS

Fredy Kurniawan, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember

Chemistry Department, Halal Center of ITS


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