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VolThinSens. Challenging societal needs involving ions detection: New strategies for the development of Voltammetry ion Sensors based on Thin membranes

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 Coordinator Country Sweden [SE]
 Total cost 185˙857 €
 EC max contribution 185˙857 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2017
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-11-01   to  2021-05-03


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 Project objective

Modern society is evolving to a scenario in which all daily activities will be monitored using smart sensors. The provision of rapid, reliable and decentralized data is crucial and chemical sensors are current candidates for this purpose. VolThinSens puts forward an innovative sensing strategy from the ground up for reliable detection of ions addressing problems that constitute the bottleneck for the final application of electrochemical sensors in real contexts. To achieve this, the research methodology of VolThinSens involves the exploration of thin ion-sensing membranes based on new materials by using voltammetry and innovative techniques that the project will put forward for the study of the membrane robustness. The developed sensors will be interrogated using coulometry towards a calibration-free technology based on counting charges of the ion analyte that are implied in the electrochemical process. VolThinSens will provide a solution for these two challenges offering robust ion sensors with a wide application perspective within EU priorities such as “citizens’ welfare” and “protecting nature”, among others. The final demonstration of the concept is conceived as the integration of the developed voltammetric sensors for the detection of two ions with pharmacological/clinical and environmental relevance as proof-of-concept: lithium and ammonium. Thus, lithium will be detected in urine, serum and dissolution testing of pharmaceuticals and ammonium in aquatic systems. Interestingly, in situ sensing is aimed through the implementation of the ammonium sensor into a custom-built profiler ion analyser and its deployment in a lake for levels mapping in depth and time axis. VolThinSens will enhance EU excellence and competitiveness in pharmacological/clinical control as well as water issues through the provision of trustable relevant data.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Yujie Liu, Rocío Cánovas, Gastón A. Crespo, María Cuartero
Thin-Layer Potentiometry for Creatinine Detection in Undiluted Human Urine Using Ion-Exchange Membranes as Barriers for Charged Interferences
published pages: 3315-3323, ISSN: 0003-2700, DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.9b05231
Analytical Chemistry 92/4 2020-04-24
2019 Rocío Cánovas, Sara Padrell Sánchez, Marc Parrilla, María Cuartero, Gastón A. Crespo
Cytotoxicity Study of Ionophore-Based Membranes: Toward On-Body and in Vivo Ion Sensing
published pages: 2524-2535, ISSN: 2379-3694, DOI: 10.1021/acssensors.9b01322
ACS Sensors 4/9 2019-10-10
2019 Marc Parrilla, Inmaculada Ortiz-Gómez, Rocío Cánovas, Alfonso Salinas-Castillo, María Cuartero, Gastón A. Crespo
Wearable Potentiometric Ion Patch for On-Body Electrolyte Monitoring in Sweat: Toward a Validation Strategy to Ensure Physiological Relevance
published pages: 8644-8651, ISSN: 0003-2700, DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.9b02126
Analytical Chemistry 91/13 2019-10-04
2019 Kequan Xu, Maria Cuartero, Gaston A. Crespo
Lowering the Limit of Detection of Ion-selective Membranes Backside Contacted with a Film of Poly(3-octylthiophene)
published pages: 126781, ISSN: 0925-4005, DOI: 10.1016/j.snb.2019.126781
Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical 297 / 1 2019-10-04
2019 Maria Cuartero, Lijun Chai, Biaobiao Zhang, Roland De Marco, Gastón A. Crespo
Ferrocene self assembled monolayer as a redox mediator for triggering ion transfer across nanometer-sized membranes
published pages: 84-93, ISSN: 0013-4686, DOI: 10.1016/j.electacta.2019.05.091
Electrochimica Acta 315 2019-10-04
2019 Rocío Cánovas, María Cuartero, Gastón A. Crespo
Modern creatinine (Bio)sensing: Challenges of point-of-care platforms
published pages: 110-124, ISSN: 0956-5663, DOI: 10.1016/j.bios.2019.01.048
Biosensors and Bioelectronics 130 2019-10-04
2019 María Cuartero, Marc Parrilla, Gaston Crespo
Wearable Potentiometric Sensors for Medical Applications
published pages: 363, ISSN: 1424-8220, DOI: 10.3390/s19020363
Sensors 19/2 2019-10-04

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