UIB nanotechnology to the service of environmental quality

manuel miróA team of researchers from the Analytical Chemistry, Automation and Environment research group at the University of the Balearic Islands has designed a system for automatic analysis of soil and water samples. This system is based on the use of nanotechnology coupled with chromatographic techniques. It will allow faster identification  of organic pollutants generated by human activity.The research has been published in Analytical Chemistry, a journal of the American Chemical Society, the journal with highest impact in the general analytical chemistry area. The research has taken place in the framework of the project Automated analytical methods based on dynamic fractining to determine the bioavailability of environmental pollutants in soils, sediments, and solid waste (CTM2010-17 214), which has received funding from the Ministry of Science and Innovation under the national R&D Plan. Within the same national project another analysis system has been developed that integrates nanomaterials to evaluate the most toxic metal fraction (the so-called bioaccessible fraction), particularly Cr (VI), or chromate, in soil or water samples, to detect uncontrolled industrial discharge. The proposed system, which is portable and automatic, has been published in the international journal Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry.

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