LOC for environmental monitoring

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Involved People:  M.S. Chiriacò, E.Primiceri, S. Rizzato , A.G.Monteduro, I. Buja, A. Milone, G.Maruccio
Collaborations: Prof. L. De Bellis, Prof. A. Luvisi (Lecce), Dr. L. Bozano, Dr. S. Bianco (IBM-Almaden)

Lab-on-Chip (LOC) technologies can strongly impact on food, agriculture and environmental monitoring by providing micro-total analysis systems (µTAS) for on-field analysis/detection of environmental threats, bio-warfare agents, toxins and allergens from food, industrial and agriculture products.

For environmental applications, we optimized:

  • EIS sensors for detection of environmental toxins, such as cholera toxin contamination in water down to picomolar concentration [M. S. Chiriacò et al., Lab on a Chip 2011, 11, 658-663, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c0lc00409j].
  • EIS sensors for rapid assay of phytopatogens such as Xylella fastidiosa subsp. pauca strain CoDiRO [ M. S. Chiriacò et al., Sci Rep 2018, Vol.   8, p., issn.  2045-2322, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-25747-4].

Such miniaturized sensors can be integrated in distributed monitoring stations as well as in unmanned vehicles for on-site sampling and analysis.

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