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An Autonomous Microfluidic Sensor for Phosphate: On-Site Analysis of Treated Wastewater

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4 Author(s)
Cleary, J. ; AIC Adaptive Sensors Group, Dublin City Univ., Dublin ; Slater, C. ; McGraw, C. ; Diamond, D.

A microfluidic sensor for long-term monitoring of phosphate levels has been developed that incorporates sampling, reagent and waste storage, detection, and wireless communication into a compact and portable device. The sensor is based on the yellow method for phosphate determination, a simple colorimetric technique involving the formation of vanadomolybdophosphoric acid when a phosphate-containing sample is mixed with an acidic reagent containing ammonium molybdate and ammonium meta-vanadate. This paper describes the application of the phosphate sensor to the on-site analysis of effluent from a wastewater treatment plant. The data was validated by comparison with the plant's existing online monitor, and a good correlation between the two sets of data was achieved, showing that the phosphate sensor is capable of operating satisfactorily at low mg L-1 levels over extended periods of time.

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Sensors Journal, IEEE  (Volume:8 ,  Issue: 5 )