Nanomechanical sensors for multi-analyte detection

Objective

  • To develop a sensitive and selective device which can be used in life sciences for simultaneous detection and characterization of multiple analytes, without using additional expensive and complicated labels
  • Target analytes include metabolites present in urine, blood and other biological fluids

Impact

  • Lower analyte consumption; 1/100000th of the volume that conventional tools need to deliver same results
  • Faster detection with an ability to be portable
  • Cost effective because it can offer functionality of four conventional instruments in a single unit
  • More sensitive and selective

Key Milestones

  • Proof of concept with detection of metabolites and alcohols
  • Characterization of nano-cellulose
  • Develop portable prototype and fabricate more sensitive sensors
  • Test concentration of monoammonium phosphate and diammonium phosphate
  • Determine commercial and economic viability