HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Miniature spectrometer can detect biological hazards

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., March 17, 2003 Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a miniature device that can identify as little as a fraction of a spore of anthrax and other biological hazards within 30 milliseconds.

The Calorimetric Spectrometer (CalSpec TM) device technology can accurately identify biological hazards such as anthrax almost instantly. The device can operate with only a fraction of a spore while isolating the DNA/RNA photothermal signature that allows for detection, identification and measurement of a substance.

Such prompt detection and identification of hazardous materials could greatly enhance the protection of first-responder emergency personnel and the capabilities of early warning systems. Current technologies do not provide the level of sensitivity offered by the CalSpec TM chemical, biological and DNA/RNA detection system.

Researchers Panos Datskos and Slobodan Rajiic of ORNL's Engineering Science and Technology Division developed the CalSpec TM technology. ORNL has licensed the technology exclusively to Innovative American Technology of Herndon, Va., and Boca Raton, Fla.

The CalSpec TM can detect hazards by identifying their molecules. The molecular absorption can induce stress changes that allow for an initial detection that can be used for measurement. The identification of chemical and/or biological molecules, along with DNA/RNA, creates a photothermal signature.

The spectrometer could have a wide variety of applications in commercial industry and in homeland defense, including mass transit and airport security; in the postal industry, to protect workers and the public; and in monitoring air quality systems.

"The CalSpec TM detection device could provide a cost-effective and easily deployed upgrade for these systems to enable rapid detection, greater accuracy and most important increased sensitivity down to a fraction of a spore," said Jack Cumming
'"/>


17-Mar-2003


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Miniature biolab embedded on silicon chip
2. Miniature implantable sensor likely lifesaver for patients
3. Scientists Excited About Miniature Cooking Pots
4. Collaboration at EMSL produces innovative mass spectrometer
5. Mass spectrometer weighs in as proteomics breakthrough
6. The worlds most powerful NMR spectrometer
7. New sequence involved in DNA replication timing may aid in cancer detection
8. Scientists find nanowires capable of detecting individual viruses
9. Brain has center for detecting sound motion
10. Early detection hope for eye disease
11. Wrapping a memory with an experience, capacity for recollection detected in non-human species

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:4/13/2017)... SANTA MONICA, Calif. , April 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... New York will feature emerging and ... Innovation Summits. Both Innovation Summits will run alongside the ... variety of speaker sessions, panels and demonstrations focused on ... east coast,s largest advanced design and manufacturing event will ...
(Date:4/11/2017)... Fla. , April 11, 2017 ... and secure authentication solutions, today announced that it ... Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) to develop ... Thor program. "Innovation has been a ... IARPA,s Thor program will allow us to innovate ...
(Date:4/11/2017)... No two people are believed to ... York University Tandon School of Engineering and Michigan ... partial similarities between prints are common enough that ... and other electronic devices can be more vulnerable ... in the fact that fingerprint-based authentication systems feature ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/10/2017)... research firm Parks Associates announced today that Tom Kerber ... Annual Meeting , October 11 in Scottsdale, Arizona . ... how smart safety and security products impact the competitive landscape. ... Parks Associates: Smart Home Devices: Main Purchase Driver ... "The residential security market has experienced continued growth, and the ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... ... October 10, 2017 , ... USDM Life Sciences ... the life sciences and healthcare industries, announces a presentation by Subbu Viswanathan and ... presentation, “Automating GxP Validation for Agile Cloud Platforms,” will present a revolutionary approach ...
(Date:10/9/2017)...  BioTech Holdings announced today identification and patenting ... stem cell therapy prevents limb loss in animal ... that treatment with ProCell resulted in more than ... to standard bone marrow stem cell administration.  Interestingly, ... of therapeutic effect.  ...
(Date:10/9/2017)... ... October 09, 2017 , ... At its national board meeting in North ... in Harvard University’s Departments of Physics and Astronomy, has been selected for membership in ... winning team for the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental physics for the discovery of ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: