Dionysios (Dion) Dionysiou and a research team of University of Cincinnati have been awarded an NSF grant to develop sensors for Microcystins.

Dr. Dionysios (Dion) Dionysiou of the University of Cincinnati (UC), member of CYANOCOST, together with co-PIs Dr. William R. Heineman and  Dr. Vesselin Shanov have been granted a National Science Foundation (NSF) award to develop sensors for hepatotoxic Microcystins.  The news is are shared from the UC webpage:

“An interdisciplinary team of University of Cincinnati (UC) researchers has been awarded a $359,951 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to develop sensors to address a crucial environmental problem in monitoring toxins in water.

“We are honored to receive support from NSF. The award will allow us to continue our research activities and directly advance the knowledge and understanding while also promoting teaching, training and learning at UC. Through this research effort, we look forward to creating vital solutions in the realm of water quality and we hope to get closer to presenting a point-of-care sensor for environmental applications to UC and the scientific community,” said Dr. Dionysios D. Dionysiou, leader and principal investigator of this grant.

This project aims to create nanostructured biosensors for selective identification and quantification of toxins in water. Two outcomes are targeted: 1) demonstrate nanostructured sensors for point-of-use determination of toxic compounds, and 2) validate sensor performance with real-world water samples. The fabricated device will be evaluated for its ability to detect and quantify toxins in natural surface water obtained from various freshwater aquatic systems that experience severe occurrence of cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms.”

Congratulations to Dion and co-PIs !!! We are looking forward to receiving results and news from this exciting project !

Read the full post in UC website here.

Vasileia Vogiazi