Vernon Somerset

Associate ProfessorCape Peninsula University of TechnologySouth Africa

Dr. Vernon Somerset has a PhD in Electro-analytical Chemistry and has more than 15 years experience in Environmental Chemistry research. He has worked on various projects focussing on the fate and transport of inorganic and organic pollutants in the environment. In particular, he has looked at the fate of heavy metals from acid mine drainage and fly ash; and pesticides in the environment and its impact on water quality and human health. This also includes investigating different aspects of improving analytical techniques for the detection of different pollutants in water, sediment and biota samples. The development and application of biosensors has played a big role in some of the investigations. For the past five years he has investigated the fate and transport of heavy metals in the freshwater ecosystems of South Africa, further focussing on the bioaccumulation of heavy metals in sediment and biota.

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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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