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Friday, May 14, 2021

Detecting Explosive materials

Can think of several projects we connected with that would have benefitted by this effort.  Depending on its efficacy.  Is supported in part by the DHS.  Department of Homeland Security.   

New sensors detect explosive materials, viral particles at part-per-quadrillion level  in TechExplore. by Neil Nachbar, University of Rhode Island

We are frequently reminded of how vulnerable our health and safety are to threats from nature or those who wish to harm us.

New sensors developed by Professor Otto Gregory, of the College of Engineering at the University of Rhode Island, and chemical engineering doctoral student Peter Ricci, are so powerful that they can detect threats at the molecular level, whether it's explosive materials, particles from a potentially deadly virus or illegal drugs entering the country.

"This is potentially life-saving technology," said Gregory. "We have detected things at the part-per-quadrillion level. That's really single molecule detection."

Broad-Based Applications

Because Gregory's sensors are so small and so powerful, there is a wide range of applications.

"The platform is broad-based, so you can apply it to lots of different venues, with lots of different end users," said Gregory.  ... ' 

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