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Grant number: 16/06139-9
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2016
Effective date (End): January 29, 2021
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Sanitary Engineering - Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment
Principal Investigator:Sergio Antonio Spinola Machado
Grantee:Camila Domingues Mendonça Verbinnen
Host Institution: Instituto de Química de São Carlos (IQSC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):18/13724-0 - Development of a photoelectrochemical sensor for the quantification of phenolic contaminants, BE.EP.DR


This project proposes to use the photoelectrochemical analysis (photoelectrochemical analysis - PEC) for determination of p-nitrophenol in supply water samples. For this, an ITO surface will be modified with zinc oxide nanorods sensitized with perylene tetracarboxylic acid, for the generation of photocurrent after excitation by light in the visible region. This photosensor will be characterized by morphological techniques (optical microscopy, SEM-FEG, transmission microscopy), by electrochemical techniques (electrochemical impedance, voltammetry, etc.), and optical techniques (absorption in the UV-vis and FTIR). After the characterization, the photosensor will be used to determine p-nitrophenol in laboratory solutions. For this, the increase of the photocurrent observed due to the donation of electrons from p-nitrophenol, will be quantified and a calibration curve constructed. The obtained results from this photosensor will be compared with those from high-performance liquid chromatography. Finally, the photosensor will be employed for the detection and quantification of organophosphorus pesticides (methyl parathion, paraoxon, fenitrothion, etc.) in supply water samples collected in water treatment stations before and after the treatment process. The figures of merit of this methodology will be calculated and compared with traditional techniques for the detection of pesticides these matrices. Thus, the development of a highly sensitive photosensor will develop a new analytical methodology sensitive, with low cost, miniaturization potential, and with the possibility of application "in situ" and in real-time for the determination of toxic pesticides in water to be served to the population.

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Scientific publications
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MENDONCA, CAMILA D.; PRADO, THIAGO M.; CINCOTTO, FERNANDO H.; VERBINNEN, RAPHAEL T.; MACHADO, SERGIO A. S.. Methylparaben quantification via electrochemical sensor based on reduced graphene oxide decorated with ruthenium nanoparticles. SENSORS AND ACTUATORS B-CHEMICAL, v. 251, p. 739-745, . (16/06139-9, 16/16565-5)
MENDONCA, CAMILA D.; KHAN, SHAHID U.; RAHEMI, VANOUSHE; VERBRUGGEN, SAMMY W.; MACHADO, SERGIO A. S.; DE WAEL, KAROLIEN. Surface plasmon resonance-induced visible light photocatalytic TiO2 modified with AuNPs for the quantification of hydroquinone. Electrochimica Acta, v. 389, . (16/06139-9, 18/13724-0)
GOMES, NATHALIA O.; MENDONCA, CAMILA D.; MACHADO, SERGIO A. S.; OLIVEIRA, JR., OSVALDO N.; RAYMUNDO-PEREIRA, PAULO A.. lexible and integrated dual carbon sensor for multiplexed detection of nonylphenol and paroxetine in tap water sample. Microchimica Acta, v. 188, n. 10, . (19/01777-5, 18/22214-6, 16/06139-9)
Academic Publications
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VERBINNEN, Camila Domingues Mendonça. Development of semiconductor-based photoelectrochemical sensing strategies for phenolic compounds in natural and supply water. 2022. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Instituto de Química de São Carlos (IQSC/BT) São Carlos.

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