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Measuring oxygen made easy

Measurement equipment finds ubiquitous applications in a number of modern industrial settings. Measuring atmospheric oxygen content has just been made easier, thanks to a new development by an Andalusian-based research group.
Measuring oxygen made easy
Researchers developed a new portable low cost device, of comparatively smaller size, for the accurate measurement of oxygen in the atmosphere. The instrument is an optochemical sensor based upon a luminescence measurement. It can measure up to 30% oxygen content with an accuracy of 0.5% and a response time of under 30 seconds in temperatures ranging from -10 to 50 degrees C.

The fact that the device relies upon an optical sensor renders it less susceptible to electromagnetic interference. The overall advantages of this type of instrumentation lie in its ease of use, even by untrained personnel, low cost and low energy consumption. The cost-saving benefits are coupled with a superior design approach, which includes less optochemical components and overall results in a highly reliable portable device.

The developers have already produced a laboratory prototype with satisfactory performance and are now in a position to enter into collaborative agreements covering the measurement device. Patent coverage is being sought, and the ideal mode of collaboration would provide access to those patent rights and/or grant the Andalusian financial support to complete the project. In spite of that, any kind of collaboration proposals is welcome.
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