Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) work is currently divided into five areas:
- molecular recognition element, material development;
- new sensor platforms;
- biomarker identification and measurement systems;
- new separation strategies/micro systems; and
- integrated sensor networks.
The applications areas are in biomedical, environmental, safety/security, and process control. The group routinely develops polymer, nanomaterial, and thin film materials that are modified to become molecular recognition elements (MREs). These MREs are then incorporated into an existing or new sensor platform to meet the requirements for a new sensor or sensor system. The sensors used are electrochemical, optical, acoustical, and mass integrating. The sensor may be stand-alone or placed in a fluidics system.
Beside sensor development we also have extensive expertise in various activities associated with the development and commercialization of chemical and biological sensors. These activities include performance optimization, proof of claims testing, and development of the associated quality control equipment and procedures. The CBRNE group runs a collaborative laboratory that is available for joint projects with industry or government.
The IDCAST THz Collaborative Research Laboratory (THzCRL) is a collaboration among academic, industry and government laboratories who are advancing the capabilities of THz. Both time-domain and continuous THz as well as spectroscopy and imaging systems are being used in the THzCRL.
Applications in biomedical, non-destructive evaluation, and process control imaging are being pursued. In addition THz spectroscopy is being used to establish the THz spectral fingerprints for biological and other chemicals. Industry THzCRL collaborators are developing new components like focal plane array cameras, low temperature/magnetic field THz systems, new algorithms for imaging, and enlarged databases.
The THzCRL is available for joint projects with industry or government.
To learn more about sensor research, please contact Gil Pacey.