Heavy metals in the environment pose major health threats and, thus, are of great interest to researchers globally. Additionally, substances such as endocrine disruptors, volatile organic compounds, platinum group metal salts, and other environmental toxins pose health and safety risks to the public.

The need to detect these materials has driven considerable research to develop sensors for environmental monitoring. Screen printed electrodes offer an alternative to larger, more stationary methods of detection by offering low detection limits, fast response times, small size, and in situ analysis, while only requiring very low volumes.

Metrohm DropSens offers an array of screen printed and interdigitated electrodes. Not only can you custom design a new electrode, but modifications can also be made to existing electrodes. See below for some examples of common electrodes and modifications for environmental applications.

Common Electrodes Common Modifications
110: Screen-printed carbon electrode

110GNP: Gold Nanoparticles modified screen-printed carbon electrode

220AT: Screen-printed gold electrode

220BT: Screen-printed gold electrode

550: Screen-printed platinum electrode

C013: Screen-printed silver electrode




Learn more about Environmental applications using Metrohm DropSens electrodes by clicking on the articles to the right.

“Prototype of electrochemical sensor for measurements of volatile organic compounds in gases”

“Determination of mercury in ambient water samples by anodic stripping voltammetry on screen-printed gold electrodes”

“Ex situ Deposited Bismuth Film on Screen‐Printed Carbon Electrode: A Disposable Device for Stripping Voltammetry of Heavy Metal Ions”

“Preparation, characterization of Fe3O4 at TiO2 magnetic nanoparticles and their application for immunoassay of biomarker of exposure to organophosphorus pesticides“

“Detection of explosive compounds using Photosystem II-based biosensor”

“DNA-based biosensors for Hg2+ determination by polythymine–methylene blue modified electrodes”