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electrochemistry in the war on drugs

Electrochemical detection of MDMA and 2C-B in ecstasy tablets using a selectivity enhancement strategy by in-situ derivatization

The University of Antwerp, together with other relevant entities, has recently participated in a research that involves a novel strategy for electrochemical detection of MDMA and 2C-B in ecstasy pills. The applicability of the approach was demonstrated with 71 ecstasy tablets seized by the Amsterdam police. Most notably, correct results were also obtained for dark colored …

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Analytical techniques for the detection of Amphetamine-type substances in different matrices: a comprehensive review

Our colleagues from the Iuliu Haţieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy Cluj-Napoca and the University of Antwerp have recently published a review on contributions to amphetamine-type substances (ATS) analysis. This type of synthetic illicit drugs has been increasingly present worldwide reaching 5% of the market on illicit drugs in 2019. The increment of their production in …

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Project outcomes

Voltammetric Sensing Using an Array of modified SPCE Coupled with Machine Learning Strategies for the Improved Identification of Opioids in Presence of Cutting Agents

A recent work prepared by researchers from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and the University of Antwerp reports for the first time the qualitative analysis for the determination of three drugs of abuse (heroin, morphine and codeine) and their corresponding cutting agents (caffeine and paracetamol) combining the use of modified screen-printed electrodes for voltammetric …

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What are precursors and why are they so important?

Unlocking the full potential of voltammetric data analysis: a novel peak recognition approach for (bio)analytical applications

Unraveling the valuable information hidden within complex data, and making that information understandable to non-experts, is a difficult task many scientists in (bio)analysis are confronted with when turning a scientific technology into a (bio)analytical application. Commonly, an expert in the research field is the only one capable of understanding and interpreting the complex data generated …

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Portable Electrochemical Detection of Illicit Drugs in Smuggled Samples: Towards More Secure Borders

Illicit drug consumption is posing critical concerns in our society causing health issues, crime-related activities, and the disruption of the border trade. The smuggling of illicit drugs urges the development of new tools for rapid on-site identification in cargos. Current methods used by law enforcement offices rely on presumptive color tests and portable spectroscopic techniques. …

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Third issue of BorderSens newsletter

The third issue of BorderSens newsletter is out! We are excited to share the third issue of our newsletter, which will keep you up to date with all the latest news of BorderSens project. Learn more about us and the work we have performed so far here. Hope you enjoy it! Remember that you can …

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Electrochemical Fingerprints of Illicit Drugs on Graphene and Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

Nanomaterials have gained much attention over the last decade in the development of sensors for a myriad of applications. Within BorderSens, the applicability of carbon-based nanomaterials has been identified as highly suitable for the detection of illicit drugs. In a paper prepared by researchers from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iuliu Hatieganu Cluj-Napoca and …

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electrochemistry in the war on drugs

Derivatization of amphetamine to allow its electrochemical detection in illicit drug seizures

Did you know that amphetamine (AMP) is one of the most encountered drugs-of-abuse in the current illicit market? This means that the development of new tools for its rapid on-site determination is needed. However, the direct electrochemical detection of AMP is a challenge because the molecule is non-electroactive at the potential window of conventional graphite …

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Electrochemical profiling and LC-MS characterization of synthetic cathinones: from methodology to detection in forensic samples

The emergence of new psychoactive drugs in the market demands rapid and accurate tools for the on-site classification of illegal and legal compounds with similar structures. In a new article prepared by our colleagues from the AXES group of the University of Antwerp and the National Institute of Criminalistics and Criminology (NICC), which can be …

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Second issue of BorderSens newsletter

The second issue of BorderSens newsletter is out! We are excited to share the second issue of our newsletter, which will keep you up to date with all the latest news of BorderSens project. Learn more about us and the work we have performed so far here. Hope you enjoy it! Remember that you can …

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BorderSens press release #3

The third press release of BorderSens project focuses on the third BorderSens project meeting, that took place online on 11 February 2021. Download Document  

Project outcomes

The opportunity of 6-monoacetylmorphine to selectively detect heroin at preanodized screen printed electrodes

As a result of the research activities being carried out within BorderSens project, new knowledge continues to be generated about electrochemical fingerprints of drugs of abuse, aimed at allowing their selective detection in street samples by means of electrochemical pretreated screen printed electrodes.

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BorderSens press release #2

The second press release of BorderSens project includes main outcomes achieved during the 1st year of the project. Download Document  

Tackling the Problem of Sensing Commonly Abused Drugs Through Nanomaterials and (Bio)Recognition Approaches

Researchers from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iuliu Hatieganu Cluj-Napoca and the University of Antwerp, both involved in BorderSens project, have recently published a paper in Frontiers in Chemistry where some of the results of their work within the project have been included. This review discusses the types of commonly abused drugs and their …

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What are precursors and why are they so important?

Wearable Electrochemical Sensors for the Monitoring and Screening of Drugs

The University of Antwerp, who coordinates BorderSens project, has participated, together with other relevant entities, in the preparation of an article entitled "Wearable Electrochemical Sensors for the Monitoring and Screening of Drugs". This article reviews for the first time wearable electrochemical sensors for monitoring therapeutic drugs and drugs of abuse, including future prospects of these …

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First issue of BorderSens newsletter

The first issue of BorderSens newsletter is out! We are excited to share the first issue of our newsletter, which will keep you up to date with all the latest news of BorderSens project. Learn more about us and the work we have performed so far here. Hope you enjoy it! Remember that you can …

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electrochemistry in the war on drugs

Identifying electrochemical fingerprints of ketamine with voltammetry and LC-MS for its detection in seized samples

The University of Antwerp, National Institute of Criminalistics and Criminology (NICC) and Dutch Customs Laboratory, all of them members of BorderSens consortium, have recently published an article entitled "Identifying electrochemical fingerprints of ketamine with voltammetry and LC-MS for its detection in seized samples". Herein, a straightforward electrochemical approach for the determination of ketamine in street …

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BorderSens leaflet #2

Detailed information on the BorderSens device for the detection of illicit drugs and precursors, including main features, technologies involved and how it will work. Also, a comparison between different types of drug detection devices and main challenges of commercial tests have been included. Download Document  

European drug market data

Deliverable 8.1: Development of dissemination and communication plan

This deliverable, available here, is the result of the initial planning and strategy development activities performed within the framework of work package 8 (WP8) “Dissemination and exploitation” of BorderSens project, and, more specifically, of task 8.1 “Development of communication and dissemination plan”, led by IZERTIS and with the participation of the rest of the consortium …

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Drug detection

BorderSens leaflet #1

General overview of BorderSens project, including main aim, technologies involved, brief description of the consortium, and means of contact. Download Document  

Drug test failed

BorderSens press release #1

The first press release of BorderSens project, prepared and released coinciding with BorderSens KO meeting, focuses on disseminating general information and main aim of the project. Download Document  

Drug test

BorderSens at a glance

Slide presentation including BorderSens project main objective, consortium, budget, and duration. Download Document  

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