Funding entity Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología
Water is one of the most crucial resources for life but, during the last decades, human activity has been degrading its quality. Some contaminants present in water are able to interfere with the estrogen-androgen control and could be in the origin of important health, environmental and economic problems. This proposal wants to develop an analytical device capable to be coupled in the quality control loops of water treatment industries to detect the presence of endocrine compounds. The final device will be a multianalyte biosensor based on optical transduction principles using specific antibodies and MIPs as chemical sensing elements. Representative industry contaminants: nonylphenol and bisphenol A, will be monitored in parallel by the proposed multisensor. The instalation of the devices in water supply and waste water treatment plants along the national territory, would allow for a exhaustive control and valoration of the degree of this type of pollutants in our country. For that, the proposal also has an objetive to conect all the installed prototypes into a network of teledetection in real-time by remote control in order to analyse and manipulate the data in an interactive way.