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Universidad de Alcalá-OTRI posted this:

The research group in Bioelectrochemistry and Biosensors of the University of Alcalá in collaboration with the Textile Industry Research Association (AITEX) has developed an electrochemical sensor of magnesium (Mg2 +) and a construction method based on the formation of a polymeric three-dimensional network that allows the entrapment / immobilization of a selective indicator for Mg2 +, eriochrome black T, by the use of a crosslinking agent and a polymer. The combination of these three reagents allows the construction of the sensor on any conductive surface, avoiding the electro polymerization of the indicator. The resulting sensor allows to measure MG2 + in any type of samples, without the need to add organic salts, additives or organic solvents. The quantification of Mg2 + is done directly by incubating the sensor in the sample containing the analyte, resulting in a modification of the amperometric signal proportional to its concentration. This method has many applications especially in health and biomedical sector since Mg2 + participates in such important activities as neuronal, neuromuscular transmission, or regulation of blood pressure and plays a key role in various pathologies such as vascular and migraines headache. The group is looking for companies in the agro-food, bio-sanitary and environmental sectors, with the aim of reaching technical collaboration agreements, commercial agreements or patent licenses.
Development and method of construction of a new electrochemical sensor of Magnesium (Mg2 +), without the need to add organic salts, additives or organic solvents to the sample

Alexander Kvashnin posted this:
Innovation Manager at Institute of Computational Technologies, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Science

Russian engineering company has developed and patented a novel biomass converter for processing biomass and carbon containing wastes with generation of heat, energy carriers and fertilizers. The technology uses filtration combustion with superadiabatic heating and processing of materials in fluidized bed. The biomass converter can be used to process different carbon containing materials of natural and technological origin (e.g., wooden chips, wood processing wastes, agricultural wastes, textile production wastes, packaging, paper-making, cellulose, municipal wastes, etc.). The company field-tested the technology by processing very complex wastes such as poultry droppings (including wastes from broiler chickens raised in cage chicken houses), cattle manure, straw, wastes from seed oil production, wastes coal from refining. The biomass converter can produce heat, biocoal, and ash. This means that the companies using this technology can earn revenue from processing wastes, generating power stored in biocoal as well as from production of mineral fertilizers in the form of ash. There are different designs of a biomass converter depending on the type of wastes to be processed. The partnership may be developed within the project that in its own turn is dedicated to adaptation to the South European sources of biomass and streams of carbon containing wastes of an innovation equipment and method developed and patented by the Russian partner. The project will involve identification of biomass sources in the Southern Europe, primarily Italy by the conditions in which biomass is produced, by kinds of wastes, amounts of wastes, location of sources of wastes, location of consumers of biocoal and fertilizers and other factors. The project will result in a newly designed biomass converters each of which can be installed as nodes into a distributed network of alternative energy sources based on biomass. The equipment will have high potential for commercialization in Southern Europe and Russia. Pilot processing station will be built for demonstration and further commercialization in Italy.