SRM University Andhra Pradesh lately developed a see-through clear biotemplate with 85% above transmittance. It has been derived from fish scale wastes to substitute the intensive utilization of plastic cuvettes for UV seen spectroscopy measurements. “UV-Vis spectroscopy is a flexible analytical device used to look at the character of assorted artificial, organic, and medical molecules for pharmaceutical and environmental purposes,” the varsity says.
The research team lead by Dr Anil K Suresh, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences demonstrated the practical on-biotemplate analysis of diverse analytes such as DNA, proteins, nanoparticles, organic dyes, bacteria, BSA assay, and dye-degradations.
The large-scale development of the biotemplate can resolve several issues in performing sustainable research; for instance, generates huge demand for fish scales as a resource stratagem otherwise causative of foul smell and disease propagation when discarded, says Dr Suresh.
Further, the use of non-biodegradable plastic cuvettes can be minimised for routine analytics and unlike plastic cuvettes that demand 500-fold analyte the biotemplate, this allows the analysis at a very low 10 microlitre volumes, making it feasible to analyse expensive, rare, and high-risk analytes.
Further, the research group demonstrated ease in large-scale production by generating about 3000 bio templates at an affordable price. Dr Suresh added that the biofilm is low-cost, plastic-free, use-and-throw biodegradable transparent biotemplate stemmed from food waste as a bioresource stratagem that has huge potential in routine scientific and pharma UV-Vis analytics.