Ionic liquids for enzymatic sensing
Fraser, Kevin J. and Byrne, Robert and Benito-Lopez, Fernando and Warren, Susan and Dempsey, Eithne and Diamond, Dermot (2011) Ionic liquids for enzymatic sensing. In: Science Passion Mission Responsibilities: Marie Curie Researchers Symposium, 24th - 27th Sep 2011, Warsaw, Poland.
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The key challenges currently faced in lab-on-a-chip biochemical sensor developments are device reliability and power consumption. The major issues faced in terms of device reliability are liquid handling over extended periods of time, as the micro-dimensioned fluidic channels are prone to blockage, and unreliable micro pumps/valves. The overall aim of this proposal is to develop a biocompatible molecular sensor that will address these key issues which are holding back biocompatible sensors technologies, and thus to develop an innovative class of sensing technology at the forefront of molecular sensing. 
Over the past decade conducting polymer electrodes have played an important role in bio-sensing and actuation.  Recent developments in the field of organic electronics have made available a variety of devices that bring unique capabilities at the interface with biology. [3,4] One example is organic electrochemical transistors (OECTs) that are being developed for a variety of bio-sensing applications, including the detection of ions,  and metabolites, such as glucose  and lactate . Room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) are organic salts, which are liquid at ambient temperature. Their non-volatile character and thermal stability makes them an attractive alternative to conventional organic solvents. 
To this end, we propose to exploit enzymatic doped ionogels - new materials for inherently biocompatible molecular sensors. These particular sensors are hybrid materials that consist of monomeric components polymerised within biocompatible ionic liquids, thus allowing various platforms for modification. Further investigation shows that these sensing platforms can be incorporated into flexible materials such as carbon cloth and can be utilised for bio-sensing. Furthermore, we envisage that the proposed sensing devices can be incorporated into fabrics for “wearable” health care devices thus providing clear benefits the public health service.
Long term ambitions are to build a research career with a focus on academia and industrial research collaborations. The proposed time in DCU would allow myself to demonstrate adaptability and diversity and to highlight the transferable nature of my skills through the publication of peer review articles and the securing of patents. It is hoped that the research and project management experience gained through collaborations and contacts will allow me to further my career through more senior positions and grants. Through current collaborations, engineering and chemistry support from members of the Adaptive Sensor Group has already been secured for the proposed project. Expanding my research profile through further publications and both domestic and international presentations of the research. Existing collaborations held by myself (Doug MacFarlane’s / Ekaterina Izgorodina’s group, Monash University, Gloria Elliott’s group, UNCC, North Carolina and George Malliaras & Róisín Owens at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint Etienne) will be of considerable benefit to the project.
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||glucose biosensors; carbon cloth|
|Subjects:||Engineering > Materials|
Physical Sciences > Chemistry
|DCU Faculties and Centres:||Research Initiatives and Centres > CLARITY: The Centre for Sensor Web Technologies|
|Use License:||This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License|
|Funders:||Marie Curie Actions International Re-integration Grant (IRG) (PIRG07-GA-2010-268365) , Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology., Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) under the CLARITY CSET award (Grant 07/CE/I1147) |
|Deposited On:||27 Sep 2011 12:09 by Kevin Fraser. Last Modified 27 Sep 2011 12:09|
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