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Dr. Christine SchirmerKSI Kurt-Schwabe-Institut für Mess- und Sensortechnik e. V. Meinsberg
Dr. Christine Schirmer
Environmental monitoring and smart farming with biological and electrochemical sensors
Nowadays, there is an increasing demand for on-site applicable sensors for environmental monitoring and smart farming. We will give an overview of electrochemical and biological sensors developed for these purposes at the Kurt Schwabe Institute Meinsberg.
Firstly, we will present electrochemical sensors for monitoring of pollutants like heavy metals and nitrate as well as strategic metals in surface water, process water and wastewater.
Secondly, we will introduce a novel whole-cell-biosensor, containing genetically modified yeast, for the detection of the pharmaceutical compound diclofenac.
Thirdly, a sensor system for smart farming, which allows a fast on-site measurement of pH on the field, will be presented. All these biological and electrochemical sensors can be applied directly on-site and deliver data in a fast manner. Due to their portability, low cost, compactness and ease of use, these sensors can be considered as promising alternative to costly and time-consuming instrumental laboratory analysis.