November 21, 2012

Nanotech Device Mimics Dog’s Nose to Detect Explosives

A research team at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), led by professors Carl Meinhart of mechanical engineering and Martin Moskovits of chemistry, have designed a detector that uses microfluidic nanotechnology to mimic the biological mechanism behind canine scent receptors. The device is both highly sensitive to trace amounts of certain vapor molecules, and able to tell a specific substance apart from similar molecules.

credit: Melissa Van De Werfhorst, UCSB College of Engineering

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