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Electrochemical sensors for water quality monitoring

Grant number: 19/14418-3
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate (Direct)
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2019
Effective date (End): October 31, 2023
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry - Analytical Chemistry
Principal Investigator:Mauro Bertotti
Grantee:Gilberto Jose Silva Junior
Host Institution: Instituto de Química (IQ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:18/08782-1 - Miniaturized and integrated chemical sensors: new fabrication platforms for biological, clinical and environmental applications, AP.TEM
Associated scholarship(s):22/09861-8 - Development of microfluidic devices using microwire electrodes for environmental pollutants detection, BE.EP.DD


This project aims at the development of electrochemical sensors and microfluidic systems for the continuous monitoring of the concentration of chemical species in natural waters. Based on the chemical composition of the water sample and using statistical tools such PCA, information on water quality can be obtained. Particular interest will be directed to the fabrication of devices of microscopic dimensions and with short response times for the determination of nitrate, nitrite, phosphate, ammonium and dissolved oxygen. The modification of the electrode surface will be important to give special properties to the developed sensors and this will be achieved by using specific materials capable of catalyzing the electron transfer reactions of the investigated analytes to improve the sensitivity and selectivity of the proposed methods. The efficiency of these devices can be enhanced by understanding the response mechanisms in detail. Therefore, aspects associated with the composition and structure of the film modifiers and the dynamics of the electrode processes will be investigated using several electrochemical and spectroscopic tools. (AU)

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(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)
REGIART, MATIAS; KUMAR, ABHISHEK; GONCALVES, JOSUE M.; SILVA JUNIOR, GILBERTO J.; MASINI, JORGE CESAR; ANGNES, LUCIO; BERTOTTI, MAURO. An Electrochemically Synthesized Nanoporous Copper Microsensor for Highly Sensitive and Selective Determination of Glyphosate. CHEMELECTROCHEM, v. 7, n. 7, p. 1558-1566, . (18/16896-7, 19/14418-3, 18/08782-1, 19/06293-6)
KUMAR, ABHISHEK; GONCALVES, JOSUE M.; LUDER, JOHANN; NAKAMURA, MARCELO; ANGNES, LUCIO; BOUVET, MARCEL; BERTOTTI, MAURO; ARAKI, KOITI. Interplay of hetero-MN4 catalytic sites on graphene for efficient oxygen reduction reaction. Electrochimica Acta, v. 419, p. 12-pg., . (17/13137-5, 19/14418-3)
SILVA JUNIOR, GILBERTO J.; GUIMARAES SELVA, JESSICA SOARES; SUKERI, ANANDHAKUMAR; GONCALVES, JOSUE M.; REGIART, MATIAS; BERTOTTI, MAURO. Fabrication of dendritic nanoporous gold via a two-step amperometric approach: Application for electrochemical detection of methyl parathion in river water samples. Talanta, v. 226, . (19/14418-3, 18/16896-7, 18/08782-1, 19/06293-6)

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