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Sonochemical fabrication of microelectrode arrays for biosensors

Grant number: 13/21076-5
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2014
Effective date (End): December 31, 2014
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Physics - Condensed Matter Physics
Principal Investigator:Osvaldo Novais de Oliveira Junior
Grantee:Flavio Makoto Shimizu
Supervisor: Séamus P. J. Higson
Host Institution: Instituto de Física de São Carlos (IFSC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Research place: Cranfield University, England  
Associated to the scholarship:12/15543-7 - Biosensors to detect Escherichia coli using the concept of an extended electronic tongue, BP.PD


This Project is aimed at developing sensors and biosensors to detect micro-organisms such as Escherichia coli using electrochemical techniques. Arrays of sensing units will be fabricated using different techniques and materials, with planar macroelectrodes and microelectrodes being obtained with the sonochemical method developed in Cranfield University. Novel film architectures will be produced with various materials, including polyelectrolytes, conducting polymers, phthalocyanines and graphene, which will be combined with enzymes and other biomolecules in order to seek synergy in the interactions among the components and the analytes. The films will be obtained with either the Layer-by-Layer (LbL) technique or using electrochemical polymerization, whose conditions and fabrication parameters may be modified to yield optimized sensors. The methods of interrogation and detection will involve electrochemical techniques, e.g. Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy (SECM), AC impedance, Cyclic Voltammetry and Amperometry. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) will also be used to analyze the electrode surface and film growth, respectively. The sensors and biosensors fabricated will be applied to detect micro-organisms and analytes used in the first year of the Postdoctoral research in Brazil. (AU)

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