Congratulations to Ph.D. Candidate, Ariana Levitt, who was selected to participate in the NSF 2018 Australia-Americas PhD Research Internship Program. During this eight-week program, Ariana will be conducting research with Dr. Joselito Razal at the Institute for Frontier Materials at Deakin University in Geelong, Australia. She will be continuing her work on the development of MXene-based electrospun fibers for smart textile applications.
Congratulations to Ariana!
Sensors that sniff out chemicals in the air to warn us about everything from fires to carbon monoxide to drunk drivers to explosive devices hidden in luggage have improved so much that they can even detect diseases on a person’s breath. Researchers from Drexel University and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have made a discovery that could make our best “chemical noses” even more sensitive.
In research, recently published in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Nano, the team describes how a two-dimensional, metallic material called MXene can be used as a highly sensitive detector of gaseous chemicals. The paper suggests that MXene can pick up chemicals, such as ammonia and acetone, which are indicators of ulcers and diabetes, in much lower traces than sensors currently being used in medical diagnostics.
Read the full press release here.