On-site monitoring and cartographical mapping of heavy metals

K. Christidis*, P. Robertson, K. Gow, P. Pollard

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This paper presents a portable electrochemical instrument capable of real-time in situ detection and automatic identification of heavy metals. The instrument is equipped with an embedded Geographical Position System and is capable of storing the geographical position of the sample under test. Software has been developed to combine pollutant results with geographical position, in order to produce a cartographical presentation of the pollution of an area. The electrochemical instrument provides the facilities found in a traditional lab based instrument in a portable design for on-site measurements. The instrument is capable of detecting lead, cadmium, zinc, nickel, mercury, and copper with good sensitivity and precision. The system is reliable, easy to use, safe, and it may be used in a variety of situations to help environmental assessment and control.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)489-499
Number of pages11
JournalInstrumentation Science and Technology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 01 Oct 2006


  • Cartographical mapping
  • Electrochemical characterisation
  • Electrochemical instrumentation
  • Heavy metals
  • Portable instrumentation
  • Voltammetry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Instrumentation


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