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Development of electrochemical sensor modified with molecularly imprinted polymers (MIP) aiming cortisol quantification

Grant number: 16/07416-6
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2017
Effective date (End): February 28, 2018
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry - Analytical Chemistry
Acordo de Cooperação: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal Investigator:Thiago Regis Longo Cesar da Paixão
Grantee:Letícia Francine Mendes
Host Institution: Instituto de Química (IQ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Cortisol is a glucocorticoid hormone that is associated with several important physiologic processes, including inflammation, blood pressure, glucose metabolism, and fat metabolism. In addition, it is associated with acute stress; for example, emotional stress leads to cortisol release, which in turn facilitates the function of adrenaline and other catecholamines. Cortisol has been described as a potential index for stress, particularly for acute mental stressors. In this proposal we will develop a chemical sensor modified with molecurly imprinted polymers for detection of cortisol, a glucocorticoid hormone aiming at the fabrication of a wearable device to measure this hormone in real time in biological fluids. Molecularly imprinted polymers are materials with nanoscale features that imitate antibodies and other natural structures, like enzimes. (AU)

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MENDES, Letícia Francine. Development of electrochemical sensor modified with molecularly imprinted polymers (MIP) aiming cortisol quantification. 2018. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Conjunto das Químicas (IQ e FCF) (CQ/DBDCQ) São Paulo.

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