New sorption materials may soon facilitate the establishment of a new express test production in Tatarstan.
This new method detects nitrated derivatives up to eight times faster.
The research is being conducted by PhD candidate Ramilya
Ziatdinova (Supramolecular Chemistry Lab, Institute of Chemistry). She
became a finalist of the federal "Tecnhocrat" competition, the results
of which will be revealed soon. Ms. Ziatdinova also received the Mayor
of Kazan Scholarship for 2017.
‘A novel method can detect nitrated derivatives in three hours, which is approximately eight times faster in comparison with existing methods.’
The compound created during the research can selectively detect
nitrated derivatives in three hours, which is approximately eight times faster
in comparison with existing methods. Such derivatives are used in dyes,
plastics, pesticides, petroleum chemistry, and paper production. The
waste disposal of such facilities is monitored by the relevant
The research author explained, "This all leads to water
pollution. One of the indicators is the presence of nitrated
derivatives. Also, sorbents are used in medicine, food production, and
water treatment. We currently have a nanopowder that consists of 13 mm
particles and can detect derivatives quickly and faultlessly. The next
step is to create express test kits. Only imported products are used for
this in Russia nowadays. The only big obstacle here is financing
because very sizable investment is needed to provide the necessary
The sorbent was developed by adding silicone dioxide to a widely
used commercial reagent. Not only has the detection speed risen but also
the temperature range (from 100 to 300 C) and the acidity range.
Ms. Ziatdinova added, "Russia and Tatarstan have petrochemical
industry, oil refining, chemical plants, but there are no locally
produced express test kits. We have dye plants, waste treatment
facilities, water supply facilities... We will continue our work and
hope that it's going to have a tangible result."
Chair of the Department of Organic Chemistry Igor Antipin had
this to say, "That is one of the most popular and in-demand topics in
the world. Express tests are not limited to industrial monitoring. They
are also of use in medical testing. The Western countries are very
interested in such new methods because they care about longevity. The
only way to succeed here is to create a startup where an individual
moves along from research work to business and promotes the material.
The only question is whether his/her endeavor becomes auspicious or