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INnovative chemIcal sensors for enanTioselective detectIon of chiral pOllutants

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.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA

Address

Via Cracovia 50
00133 Roma

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 593 750

Participants (7)

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JYVASKYLAN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 228 750

TALLINNA TEHNIKAULIKOOL

Estonia

EU Contribution

€ 577 500

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

UNIVERSITA DEL SALENTO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 343 750

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 449 901,25

INTERSPECTRUM OU

Estonia

EU Contribution

€ 111 250

EUROPEAN CHEMICAL MANAGEMENT ITALIASOCIETA A RESPONSABILITA LIMITATAABBREVIABILE IN EUROCHEM SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 218 750

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 828779

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2019

  • End date

    31 December 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.2.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 929 901,25

  • EU contribution

    € 2 929 901,25

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA

Italy