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probeCARE™: analyte ion detection method and device

CRC CARE has developed a novel technique for the real-time measurement of critical elements in solution using Ion Selective Electrode Arrays. The technique includes a smartphone application that has been developed to allow real-time reading of a multitude of free ions simultaneously in solution.

probeCARE in lab

probeCARE allows multiple common ions – sodium, potassium, calcium, chloride and nitrate – to be measured in complex solute matrices, even in coloured solutions. 

Who will benefit from this innovation? 

  • Environmental managers and others who monitor water quality in lakes and streams 
  • Agriculture sector businesses and personnel responsible involved in irrigation.

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Real-time, on-site monitoring

Existing techniques utilise expensive and cumbersome laboratory equipment too large and heavy for in-field measurements. Consequently, process time and equipment costs can be prohibitive. probeCARE supports cost-effective, in situ, real-time monitoring, together with improved management strategies for cropping, improved fertigation, effective use of recycled water, and monitoring for possible pollutants to ensure EPA standards are achieved.

probeCARE is now available with a smartphone app and Bluetooth connectivity to truly support in-field measurement and continuous monitoring of critical resources. 

Easy-to-read results dusplayed via probeCARE smartphone app

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probeCARE app concentrations

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Contact us to find out how probeCARE can help you

probeCARE is ready for demonstration and business collaboration. Please contact Dr Liang Wang for more information and to discuss how this innovative technology can support your work.

Dr Liang Wang
Senior Research Fellow
CRC CARE and Global Centre for Environmental Remediation, University of Newcastle, Australia 
T: +61 (2) 4913 8741
M: +61 425 812 912

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