Next generation autonomous chemical sensors for environmental monitoring
Cleary, John and Maher, Damien and Diamond, Dermot and Cogan, Deirdre (2012) Next generation autonomous chemical sensors for environmental monitoring. In: 64th Irish Universities Chemistry Research Colloquium 2012, 14-15 June 2012. , University of Limerick, Ireland.
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Microfluidic technology has great potential to fulfil the increasing demand for environmental monitoring. Through the minimisation of reagents, standard solutions and power consumption, compact autonomous instruments have been developed to perform in situ monitoring of remote locations over long deployable lifetimes.
The objective of this research is to produce autonomous chemical sensing platforms with a price performance index that creates a significant impact on the existing market. The main focus is on developing a detection platform for ammonium, nitrate and nitrite for water and wastewater using colorimetric techniques. The goal is to integrate polymer actuators valves into the microfluidic chip, to drive down the overall cost.
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