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Novel electrochemical strategies for rapid, on-site multiscreening of illicit drugs

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






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Organization address
address: PRINSSTRAAT 13
postcode: 2000

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 Coordinator Country Belgium [BE]
 Project website
 Total cost 160˙800 €
 EC max contribution 160˙800 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-05-01   to  2019-04-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN BE (ANTWERPEN) coordinator 160˙800.00


 Project objective

Drug use continues to be a problem of major concern for public authorities worldwide. According to the World Drug Report elaborated by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) approximately 207,000 drug-related deaths occur per year. With between 162 million and 324 million people aged 15-64 having used an illicit drug — mainly substances belonging to canabinoids, opioids, cocaine or amphetamine-type stimulants group — at least once in the previous year, drug abuse continues to have devastating consequences on human health. The methods currently used to identify illicit drugs, such as colour tests, lack selectivity, and need further confirmation by expensive and time consuming chromatography-mass spectrometry methods, thus it is imperative to develop new sensing technologies that allow a fast, sensitive and selective detection of illicit drugs. This project proposes to develop novel, inexpensive and portable multisensing devices adapted for the rapid on-site screening of a number of illicit drugs, using recent advances in biomimetic materials coupled with electrochemistry. The multisensing devices will facilitate (1) detection and capturing illicit drugs crossing borders and (2) identification of drug users (e.g. drivers of vehicles at roadside, employees at work places, prisoners). In addition to rapidity and high selectivity of the detection, the sensing strategies will also give informations about (1) the type of drug and cutting agents (2) amount of drug present in biological samples. Moreover, the strategies employed will bring insights for better understanding of biomimicking nanoplatforms leading to more efficient technologies in health and biotech. The achievement of the actions goal will lead to reducing the incidence and prevalence of illicit drugs use and to a better management of drug-related problems with high societal impact. The underlying technologies will open doors for a broader range of applications.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Mats de Jong, Anca Florea, Anne-Mare de Vries, Alexander L. N. van Nuijs, Adrian Covaci, Filip Van Durme, José C. Martins, Nele Samyn, Karolien De Wael
Levamisole: a Common Adulterant in Cocaine Street Samples Hindering Electrochemical Detection of Cocaine
published pages: 5290-5297, ISSN: 0003-2700, DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.8B00204
Analytical Chemistry 90/8 2019-09-17
2018 Anca Florea, Todd Cowen, Sergey Piletsky, Karolien De Wael
Polymer platforms for selective detection of cocaine in street samples adulterated with levamisole
published pages: 362-367, ISSN: 0039-9140, DOI: 10.1016/j.talanta.2018.04.061
Talanta 186 2019-09-17
2018 Mats de Jong, Anca Florea, Joy Eliaerts, Filip Van Durme, Nele Samyn, Karolien De Wael
Tackling Poor Specificity of Cocaine Color Tests by Electrochemical Strategies
published pages: 6811-6819, ISSN: 0003-2700, DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.8b00876
Analytical Chemistry 90/11 2019-09-17

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