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A Lab-on-a-Chip Based Automatic Platform for Continuous Nitrites Sensing in Aquaculture

Department of Electronic Engineering, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Via del Politecnico 1, 00133 Rome, Italy
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Academic Editor: Lorena Parra
Sensors 2022, 22(2), 444;
Received: 29 November 2021 / Revised: 31 December 2021 / Accepted: 2 January 2022 / Published: 7 January 2022
(This article belongs to the Collection Optical Chemical Sensors: Design and Applications)
In aquaculture, the density of fish stock, use of feeding, and surrounding environmental conditions can easily result in an excessive concentration of harmful compounds that require continuous monitoring. Chemical sensors are available for most of these compounds, however, operative conditions and continuous monitoring in water make the development of sensors suitable for long and unattended deployments difficult. A possible solution is the development of engineered automatic labs where the uptake of sample and the contact with water is reduced and the use of a minimal quantity of reagents enables the implementation of reliable chemical assays. In this paper, a platform for automatic chemical assays is presented. The concept is demonstrated with the detection of nitrites based on the well-known colorimetric Griess reaction. The platform is centered around a lab-on-a-chip where reagents and water samples are mixed. The color of the reaction product is measured with low-cost optoelectronic components. Results show the feasibility of the approach with a minimum detectable concentration of about 0.1 mg/L which is below the tolerance level for aquaculture farms. View Full-Text
Keywords: nitrites; lab-on-a-chip; colorimetry nitrites; lab-on-a-chip; colorimetry
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Catini, A.; Capuano, R.; Tancredi, G.; Dionisi, G.; Di Giuseppe, D.; Filippi, J.; Martinelli, E.; Di Natale, C. A Lab-on-a-Chip Based Automatic Platform for Continuous Nitrites Sensing in Aquaculture. Sensors 2022, 22, 444.

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Catini A, Capuano R, Tancredi G, Dionisi G, Di Giuseppe D, Filippi J, Martinelli E, Di Natale C. A Lab-on-a-Chip Based Automatic Platform for Continuous Nitrites Sensing in Aquaculture. Sensors. 2022; 22(2):444.

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Catini, Alexandro, Rosamaria Capuano, Giuseppe Tancredi, Giulio Dionisi, Davide Di Giuseppe, Joanna Filippi, Eugenio Martinelli, and Corrado Di Natale. 2022. "A Lab-on-a-Chip Based Automatic Platform for Continuous Nitrites Sensing in Aquaculture" Sensors 22, no. 2: 444.

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