Bioluminescent bioreporter pad biosensor for monitoring water toxicity

Tim Axelrod, Evgeni Eltzov, Robert S. Marks

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Toxicants in water sources are of concern. We developed a tool that is affordable and easy-to-use for monitoring toxicity in water. It is a biosensor composed of disposable bioreporter pads (calcium alginate matrix with immobilized bacteria) and a non-disposable CMOS photodetector. Various parameters to enhance the sensor's signal have been tested, including the effect of alginate and bacterium concentrations. The effect of various toxicants, as well as, environmental samples were tested by evaluating their effect on bacterial luminescence. This is the first step in the creation of a sensitive and simple operative tool that may be used in different environments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)290-297
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2016


  • Bioluminescence
  • Bioreporter
  • Biosensor
  • Calcium Alginate
  • Water pollution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry


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