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Title: Thermal based detection of Bisphenol A by incorporating moleuclarly imprinted polymers (MIPs)
Authors: Oudebrouckx, Gilles
Vreys, Frederik
Bormans, Seppe
Vandenryt, Thijs
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: Bioinspired materials 2017, Manchester, UK, 31/08-1/09/2017
Abstract: The Heat-Transfer Method (HTM) is a promising transducing technique capable of performing a broad range of bioanalytical tasks. To demonstrate the capabilities of the sensor, experiments on the detection of Bisphenol A (BPA) in a buffer solution have been executed. Hereby bulk polymerized Molecularly Imprinted Polymers (MIPs) have been used as biomimetic receptors. The sensor consists out of a planar heater. During measurements, the heater is maintained at constant temperature (T1) by applying a controlled power (P). Directly on the heating structure sits an aluminum substrate, functionalized with a MIP. On top of the substrate, a 90 µL PMMA flow cell is placed through which the analyte can be flushed. A mechanically secured thermocouple continuously monitors the temperature (T2) in the analyte at a fixed height above the heater. A relative value for the thermal resistance (Rth) between T1 an T2 can be calculated as: Rth = (T1-T2) / P Depending on the concentration of target molecules in the analyte, more molecules will bind to the MIP. According to the pore blocking principle, we expect an increase in Rth with an increased concentration of target molecules. In order to inspect the influence of nonspecific binding, the measurement was repeated with a Non Imprinted Polymer (NIP) coated substrate. Hereby we do not expect to see a correlation between Rth and the concentration of target molecules. For both the MIP and NIP measurements, buffer solutions spiked with up to 50 ppm BPA have been flushed trough the flow cell. For the MIP measurements, a clear response of Rth to increasing concentrations of BPA was observed. Hereby the detection limit was in the lower ppm range. The NIP measurements showed no response to increasing BPA concentrations. By using a thermal readout method in combination with MIPs, it was possible to detect BPA in a buffer solution down to a lower ppm level. Similar measurements performed with a NIP coated substrate verified that the increase of Rth was caused by specific binding rather than nonspecific binding, or differences in Rth of the analyte.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/25849
Category: C2
Type: Conference Material
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