MemSens: a new detection method for heavy metals based on silver nanoparticle assisted memristive switching principle

  • Aishwarya V. Pawar
  • Sharon S. Kanapally
  • Kalyani D. Kadam
  • Snehal L. Patil
  • Vrushali S. Dongle
  • Sushilkumar A. Jadhav
  • Sungjun KimEmail author
  • Tukaram D. DongaleEmail author


This work reports a new heavy metal sensing and detection methodology based on memristive switching effect. The hysteresis loop and limiting linear characteristic of a memristive device are used to validate the hypothesis of detection of heavy metals by putting them in contact with silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs). The sensing of various heavy metal ions using the proposed methodology was done and the results showed a response towards all tested metal ions. In particular, the selectivity of the Ag NPs towards Cd2+ ions was more than other metal ions. The current against concentration graph for Ag NPs + Cd2+ ions system was obtained which gives the possibility of determination of Cd2+ ion concentration in an unknown sample. The concentration of the Cd2+ ions was varied to test the lower limit of detection of the system and found that the sensor system was able to detect the Cd2+ up to very low concentration. Therefore, the conceptually new heavy metal detection approach is a significant new advancement in heavy metal detection and preparation of portable devices for that purpose.



Dr. T. D. Dongale thank the Shivaji University, Kolhapur for the financial assistance under the ‘Research Initiation Scheme’. This work was supported by a grant from the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), funded by the Korea government (MSIP) (2018R1C1B5046454) and (2018K2A9A1A01090636).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Computational Electronics and Nanoscience Research Laboratory, School of Nanoscience and BiotechnologyShivaji UniversityKolhapurIndia
  2. 2.School of Nanoscience and BiotechnologyShivaji UniversityKolhapurIndia
  3. 3.School of Electronics EngineeringChungbuk National UniversityCheongjuRepublic of Korea

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