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Novel electrochemical devices based on 3D printing for the detection of pesticides in honey samples

Grant number: 22/01601-7
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): November 01, 2022
Effective date (End): December 31, 2022
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry - Analytical Chemistry
Principal researcher:Bruno Campos Janegitz
Grantee:Bruno Campos Janegitz
Host: Craig E. Banks
Home Institution: Centro de Ciências Agrárias (CCA). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). Araras , SP, Brazil
Research place: Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), England  
Associated research grant:17/21097-3 - Bee-agriculture interactions: perspectives to sustainable use, AP.BTA.TEM

Abstract

The development and increase in the number of crops in agriculture recently has led to greater efficiency in world food production and greater consumption of pesticides. In this context, the disordered use of pesticides has affected the entire food production, also influencing the decrease in the population of pollinating insects, as well as causing food contamination. Therefore, simple, low-cost and quick methods can be interesting alternatives for checking the quality of foods such as honey from bees. In this project, microfluidic devices are proposed for the electrochemical analysis of carbendazim and fipronil pesticides in Apis Mellifera honey. Two different devices will be proposed. One of them will be from a system of polylactic acid and conductive electrodes using 3D printing coupled with a microfluidic system on paper. A second device will be created from a paper microfluidic system coupled to thermoplastic electrodes. These devices are versatile platforms for food analysis based on electroanalysis, capable of performing detection in low concentrations. The project will be carried out at Manchester Metropolitan University under the supervision of host professor Craig Banks. (AU)

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