Development of Electrochemical Sensors for Environmental Monitoring

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Project 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 methodPreferred background: Chemistry, Materials science ​
Program - Chemical Science
Division - Physical Sciences and Engineering
Field of Study - ​Chemistry, Materials science

About the
Researcher

Khaled Nabil Salama

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering<br/>Associate Dean, Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering

Khaled Nabil Salama
​Professor Salama's research interests cover a variety of interdisciplinary aspects of electronic circuit design and semiconductors' fabrication. He is engaged in developing devices, circuits, systems, and algorithms to enable inexpensive analytical platforms for a variety of industrial, environmental, and biomedical applications. Recently he has been working on neuromorphic circuits for brain emulation.

Desired Project Deliverables

​Objectives:•     Development of a sensitive, selective electrochemical sensor basedonMIPs •     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