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INnovative chemIcal sensors for enanTioselective detectIon of chiral pOllutants

Objective

Chiral pollution is an environmental topic of crucial importance, considering that a large number of chemicals spreading into the environment, for example pesticides, are chiral substances. However, usually the stereoisomerism of contaminants is not considered, although the biological activity of enantiomers is significantly different, making their recognition critical for environmental control. Enantiomeric excess is currently determined by off-site analysis, requiring collection, transportation, eventual pre-treating of the sample, and expensive instrumentations and specifically trained staff. Thus, providing devices able to allow for rapid on site detection and chiral discrimination of target analytes would have a dramatic impact in all the fields of environmental control with significant economic benefits. The development of chemical sensors has been conceived to bypass restrictions related to classical analytical protocols and supports the use of conventional laboratory techniques for environmental control. While the technological foundation for chemical sensors already exists, it has been difficult to apply them to chiral discrimination and analysis, due to the lack of suitable solid state receptors. The main aims of the project are: a) the development of novel molecular receptors, mainly based on porphyrin derivatives, b) integration of the receptors with different nanostructures and characterization of their solid state organization, c) deposition of the structures onto transducer surfaces, d) testing and validation of the new chemical sensor devices with enantiomeric pairs of model analytes. The synergistic complementary know-how of six academic units and two private companies will allow a breakthrough development through delivery of sensing probes ranging from the synthesis of macrocyclic molecular receptors to the building and testing of analytical and electronic parts for final, field-capable devices.

Call for proposal

H2020-FETOPEN-2018-2019-2020-01
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TORVERGATA
Address
Via Orazio Raimondo 18
00173 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 593 750

Participants (7)

JYVASKYLAN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 228 750
Address
Seminaarinkatu 15
40100 Jyvaskyla
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TALLINNA TEHNIKAÜLIKOOL
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 577 500
Address
Ehitajate Tee 5
12616 Tallinn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE PROVOST, FELLOWS, FOUNDATION SCHOLARS & THE OTHER MEMBERS OF BOARD, OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY & UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 406 250
Address
College Green
2 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEL SALENTO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 343 750
Address
Piazza Tancredi 7
73100 Lecce
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 449 901,25
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other
INTERSPECTRUM OU
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 111 250
Address
Riia Street 185A
51014 Tartu
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EUROPEAN CHEMICAL MANAGEMENT ITALIASOCIETA A RESPONSABILITA LIMITATAABBREVIABILE IN EUROCHEM SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 218 750
Address
Via Borzoli 79/C
16156 Genova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)