Latex-Based Paper Devices with Super Solvent Resistance for On-the-Spot Detection of Metanil Yellow in Food Samples

Rohitraj Ray, Calvin Noronha, Anusha Prabhu, Naresh Kumar Mani

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The following paper presents a construct for a paper-based device which utilizes latex as the hydrophobic material for the fabrication of its hydrophobic barrier, which was deposited onto the cellulose surface either by free-hand or stenciled drawing. This method demands the least amount of expertise and time from its use, enabling a simple and rapid fabrication experience. Several properties of the hydrophobic material were characterized, such as the hydro head and penetration rate, with the aim of assessing its robustness and stability. The presented hydrophobic barriers fabricated using this approach have a barrier width of 4 mm, a coating thickness of 208 µm, and a hydrophilic resolution of 446.5 µm. This fabrication modality boasts an excellent solvent resistance with regard to the hydrophobic barrier. These devices were employed for on-the-spot detection of Metanil Yellow, a banned food adulterant often used in curcumin and pigeon peas, within successful limits of detection (LOD) of 0.5% (w/w) and 0.25% (w/w), respectively. These results indicate the great potential this fabricated hydrophobic device has in numerous paper-based applications and other closely related domains, such as diagnostics and sensing, signalling its capacity to become commonplace in both industrial and domestic settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2664-2674
Number of pages11
JournalFood Analytical Methods
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 10-2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Food Science
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Safety Research


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