Novel luminescent composites underlie highly sensitive gas detectors
Every day, we are bombarded by invisible chemicals that are emitted as gases into the air by certain solids and liquids. Among the most common culprits are paints and solvents, cleaning products, stored fuels and aerosol sprays. In addition to the hazards that volatile organic compounds (VOCs) pose to us at home, they are also a concern for industry and the environment, affecting air quality and climate. Detecting them in a breath test has recently entered the realm of medical diagnostics as a promising way to diagnose diabetes. The EU-funded LUMIVOCS project is developing a highly sensitive VOC sensor that will also be able to distinguish relevant compounds quite selectively and at an affordable price. Its impact on human health could range from home and industrial settings to environmental monitoring and disease diagnostics.
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