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UDaily: New technology holds potential for monitoring ecosystem, human health

UDaily:  New technology holds potential for monitoring ecosystem, human health

University of Delaware researchers are developing sensors that they hope will allow real-time, in situ detection of water and air pollutants in an inexpensive and environmentally friendly manner.

Juejun Hu and Chaoying Ni of UD’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering are creating small, highly sensitive devices that will detect organic, inorganic and biological molecular species at low levels in the environment. The team is funded by a seed grant from the National Science Foundation’s Delaware Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). 

“We’re making nanostructures to detect chemical molecules in a very sensitive manner,” said Hu, an assistant professor who is the lead researcher on the project.