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Triple-Indicator-Based Multidimensional Colorimetric Sensing Platform for Heavy Metal Ion Detections

Idros, N and Chu, D (2018) Triple-Indicator-Based Multidimensional Colorimetric Sensing Platform for Heavy Metal Ion Detections. ACS Sensors, 3. pp. 1756-1764.

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© 2018 American Chemical Society. Heavy metals are highly toxic at trace levels and their pollution has shown great threat to the environment and public health worldwide where current detection methods require expensive instrumentation and laborious operation, which can only be accomplished in centralized laboratories. Herein, we report a low-cost, paper-based microfluidic analytical device (μPAD) for facile, portable, and disposable monitoring of mercury, lead, chromium, nickel, copper, and iron ions. Triple indicators or ligands that contain ions or molecules are preloaded on the μPADs and upon addition of a metal ion, the colorimetric indicators will elicit color changes observed by the naked eyes. The color features were quantitatively analyzed in a three-dimensional space of red, green, and blue or the RGB-space using digital imaging and color calibration techniques. The sensing platform offers higher accuracy for cross references, and is capable of simultaneous detection and discrimination of different metal ions in even real water samples. It demonstrates great potential for semiquantitative and even qualitative analysis with a sensitivity below the safe limit concentrations, and a controlled error range.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: color calibration heavy metals multidimensional sensing paper-based microfluidics triple indicator
Divisions: Div B > Photonics
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2018 20:09
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2021 07:22
DOI: 10.1021/acssensors.8b00490