Vernon Somerset

Cape Peninsula University of Technology South Africa

Vernon Somerset completed his doctoral degree in Electrochemical and Analytical Chemistry in 2007 from the University of the Western Cape, Bellville, South Africa. With more than 20 years of experience in Environmental Chemistry research, Dr. Somerset has worked on various projects focusing on the sources, transport pathways, and fate of inorganic and organic pollutants in the environment. In his research activities, he has further focused on various aspects of improving the analytical techniques for the quantification of the different pollutants in environmental samples. This has been done by employing Electrochemical, Analytical, Separation, and Spectroscopic methodologies for the detection and quantification of certain inorganic and organic pollutants in environmental matrices. As part of his research capacity-building activities, Dr. Somerset has extended and shared his research experience with postgraduate students, postdoctoral research fellows, academic staff in the Department of Chemistry, and collaborators in other Departments and Institutions.

Vernon Somerset

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This book is a collection of contributions from leading specialists on the topic of biosensors for health, environment and biosecurity. It is divided into three sections with headings of current trends and developments; materials design and developments; and detection and monitoring. In the section on current trends and developments, topics such as biosensor applications for environmental and water monitoring, agro-industry applications, and trends in the detection of nerve agents and pesticides are discussed. The section on materials design and developments deals with topics on new materials for biosensor construction, polymer-based microsystems, silicon and silicon-related surfaces for biosensor applications, including hybrid film biosensor systems. Finally, in the detection and monitoring section, the specific topics covered deal with enzyme-based biosensors for phenol detection, ultra-sensitive fluorescence sensors, the determination of biochemical oxygen demand, and sensors for pharmaceutical and environmental analysis.

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