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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 toxicological implications, classification of functionalized nanomaterials (graphene, carbon nanotubes…) that could be used to detect abused drugs in field, their fabrication, and their application on real samples in different fields of forensic science. Biosensors for drugs of abuse from the last decade’s literature are then exemplified. It also offers insights into the prospects and challenges of bringing the functionalized nano-based technology to the end user in the laboratories or in-field.

Full article can be found here.


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