Development of Electrochemical Sensors for Environmental Monitoring

Development of Electrochemical Sensors for Environmental Monitoring

Internship Description

In many biological processes, the selective molecular recognition is considered as the key factor; since then, the basic principle and aim of molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) focused on the substitution of the natural receptors such as antibodies and enzymes by other biomimetic recognition elements based on synthetic receptors based on stable imprinted polymers.
MIPs based electrochemical sensors showed various advantages from MIP films and the electrochemical transducers, which include high sensitivity and selectivity, high chemical/mechanical stability, facile preparation, miniaturization as well as their reusability. The highly mechanical/thermal stability, excellent selectivity and sensitivity of MIPs?based electrochemical sensors indicate a greater prospect for high?quality sensing applications, compared to the traditional instrument techniques and other types of sensors.
Therefore, this research internship will focus on the development of low-cost, simple and rapid electrochemical sensors based on MIPs for environmental applications.

Some knowledge of any of the following is preferable: Electrochemical detection, characterization of MIP based sensors using SEM/TEM, FT-IR, XRD, RAMAN, AFM, Real samples preparation, Validation of the electroanalytical method
Preferred background: Chemistry, Materials science

Deliverables/Expectations

Objectives:
      Development of a sensitive, selective electrochemical sensor based on MIPs
      Morphology and structural characterization of the MIP based sensors

      Application for environmental monitoring 

Tools to learn:

Electrochemical detection, characterization of MIP based sensors using SEM/TEM, FT-IR, XRD, RAMAN, AFM, Real samples preparation, Validation of the electroanalytical method

Faculty Name

Khaled Nabil Salama

Field of Study

Chemistry, Materials science