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Localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) is one of the most remarkable features of gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) and silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs). Due to these inherent optical properties, colloidal solutions of Au and Ag NPs have high extinction coefficients and different colour in the visible region of the spectrum when they are well-spaced in comparison(More)
Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) should constitute an important natural step towards the improvement of the analytical performance of microfluidic electrochemical sensing. SWCNTs inherently offer lower detection potentials, higher surfaces and better stability than the existing carbon electrodes. However, pristine SWCNTs contain some carbonaceous and(More)
The first example of a self-propelled tubular motor that releases an enzyme for the efficient biocatalytic degradation of chemical pollutants is demonstrated. How the motors are self-propelled by the Marangoni effect, involving simultaneous release of SDS surfactant and the enzyme remediation agent (laccase) in the polluted sample, is illustrated. The(More)
Single-walled carbon nanotube press-transferred electrodes (SWPTEs) are new disposable electrodes where carbon nanotubes act as exclusive electrochemical transducers, being an excellent alternative to common approaches in the field. In the current work, these pioneering SWPTEs coupled to microfluidic chips (MCs) have been employed to develop their first(More)
In this work it was demonstrated that sample endogenous polyphenols are selectively driving the gold-nanoparticle (AuNPs)-formation process when representative food samples were used as natural sources of reducing compounds. The process of AuNPs formation was characterized by UV-visible spectroscopy and was described by a sigmoidal curve (R(More)
This work reports on the coupling of antibody-functionalized micromotors and microwire-tagged proteins for rapid and multiplexed immunoassays. While micromotor-induced mixing accelerates the immunoreaction, tagging the proteins with microscopic particles of different sizes and shapes allows for their multiplexed discrimination, alerting of the presence of a(More)
From 2008 to date, basically, single-cross microchip electrophoresis (ME) design has been used for food analysis with electrochemical and laser-induced fluorescence detection being the most common principles coupled. In the last 4 years, the main outlines were: (i) the exploration of new analytes such as heavy metals, nitrite, micotoxins, microorganisms,(More)
A SU-8/Pyrex single-channel microchip integrating three 100 μm Pt electrodes (MCE-ED) for class-selective electrochemical index determination (CSEID) of phenolic acids and flavonoids in complex extracts of Tagetes lucida (Tl), Mentha piperita (Mp), Cymbopogon citratus (Cc), Calendula officinalis (Co), and Cynara scolymus (Cs) is proposed. Under strategic(More)