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April 5th, 2008
The wide appliance of sensor science
The latest research on sensors crosses the scientific divides, and offers a staggering array of practical applications. It is difficult to find a more interdisciplinary research subject than sensors. The latest generation of sensors integrates physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, information technology, nanotechnology, microfluidics and biotechnology, to name just a few. All these disciplines come together in research work conducted at the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, according to the lab's senior scientist for biosensors and biomaterials, Dr Frances Ligler.
These sensors combine biologically active molecules and specially designed hardware to deliver small devices that can detect anything from environmental pollution and biowarfare agents to explosives and whole bacteria, Dr Ligler explains.
She delivered a keynote address on biosensors last Monday at Dublin City University, where some 300 of the world's leading optical biosensor and optical chemical sensor research scientists gathered for the ninth annual Europtrode conference.
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