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Development of an amperometric platform modified with graphene/quantum dots composite emitting at different wavelengths for pesticides detection

Grant number: 13/20701-3
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2014
Effective date (End): January 31, 2015
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry - Analytical Chemistry
Principal Investigator:Sergio Antonio Spinola Machado
Grantee:Lívia Flório Sgobbi
Supervisor: Arben Merkoçi
Host Institution: Instituto de Química de São Carlos (IQSC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Research place: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain  
Associated to the scholarship:12/08750-6 - Development of a disposable mimetic biosensor for organophosphorous and carbamate pesticides for the quality control of water supply, BP.DR


Due to increasingly restrictive legislations concerning environmental pollution, there has been a wide interest in the design and fabrication of sensors and biosensors for heavy metals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, etc. In such development, the main parameters to be considered for electrochemical sensors-especially those to pesticide detection-are reproducibility, selectivity, sensitivity, long-term stability, portability, ease of use, and cost-effectiveness. Driven by these characteristics, the utilization of nanomaterials for electrochemical sensing devices has drawn attention due to their size dependent properties - i.e., large surface-to-volume ratios; physicochemical properties, composition, and shape; as well as their binding capability, mainly with biomolecules. Herein, we propose to develop an amperometric platform based on graphene modified with quantum dots emitting fluorescence at different wavelengths aiming to maximize the biosensor sensitivity for target pollutants. Acetylcholinesterase will be immobilized on the modified electrode surface for the indirect pesticide detection. (AU)

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Scientific publications (4)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
MORALES-NARVAEZ, EDEN; FLORIO SGOBBI, LIVIA; SPINOLA MACHADO, SERGIO ANTONIO; MERKOCI, ARBEN. Graphene-encapsulated materials: Synthesis, applications and trends. PROGRESS IN MATERIALS SCIENCE, v. 86, p. 1-24, . (12/08750-6, 13/17053-0, 13/20701-3)
SGOBBI, LIVIA F.; MACHADO, SERGIO A. S.. Functionalized polyacrylamide as an acetylcholinesterase-inspired biomimetic device for electrochemical sensing of organophosphorus pesticides. BIOSENSORS & BIOELECTRONICS, v. 100, p. 290-297, . (12/08750-6, 13/20701-3)
SGOBBI, LIVIA F.; ZIBORDI-BESSE, LARISSA; RODRIGUES, BRUNO V. M.; RAZZINO, CLAUDIA A.; DA SILVA, JUAREZ L. F.; MACHADO, SERGIO A. S.. Polyhydroxamicalkanoate as a bioinspired acetylcholinesterase-based catalyst for acetylthiocholine hydrolysis and organophosphorus dephosphorylation: experimental studies and theoretical insights. CATALYSIS SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, v. 7, n. 15, p. 3388-3398, . (12/08750-6, 15/08523-8, 13/20701-3)

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