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Sensors and orthoses are possible fields of application


Until now, it has not been possible to additively manufacture sensors and other electronic devices in a single operation. However, a research team from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA has now succeeded in doing just that. The key to this achievement? ...


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Sensing pressure using paper

“The future applications of this device are limited only by our imagination”


Several industrial, automotive, and healthcare applications rely on accurate and precise measurement of pressure.Flexible and wearable pressuresensors are typically fabricated using petroleum-based polymers. The solid waste generated from using such non-biodegradable plastics is harmful for the ...


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Organic thin-film sensors for light-source analysis and anti-counterfeiting applications

As integrated components, the thin-film sensors could eliminate the need for external spectrometers in the future


In a recent publication in the scientific journal “Advanced Materials”, a team of physicists and chemists from TU Dresden presents an organic thin-film sensor that describes a completely new way of identifying the wavelength of light and achieves a spectral resolution below one nanometer. As ...


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Miniaturized Lab-on-a-Chip for real-time Chemical Analysis of Liquids

A fingertip-sized chip replaces bulky laboratory equipment: The possible applications are extremely diverse


An infrared sensor has been developed at TU Wien (Vienna) that analyses the content of liquids within the fraction of a second. In analytical chemistry, it is often necessary to accurately monitor the concentration change of certain substances in liquids on a time scale of seconds. Especially in ...


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Detecting nanoplastics in the air

“Nanoplastics are a major concern if they’re in the air that you breathe, getting into your lungs and potentially causing health problems”


Large pieces of plastic can break down into nanosized particles that often find their way into the soil and water. Perhaps less well known is that they can also float in the air. It’s unclear how nanoplastics impact human health, but animal studies suggest they’re potentially harmful. As a step ...


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Smoke Detector “Sniffs out” Causes of Fire

Alarm Before There Is Even a Fire


INNOspace Masters is an annual ideas competition that showcases new ideas for space and earth applications. A team from ZARM and IWT at the University of Bremen, in collaboration with the Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Tübingen, has now won the DLR Design ...


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A mirror tracks a tiny particle

Self-interference method


Sensing with levitated nanoparticles has so far been limited by the precision of position measurements. Now, researchers at the University of Innsbruck led by Tracy Northup, have demonstrated a new method for optical interferometry in which light scattered by a particle is reflected by a mirror. ...


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Wearable chemical sensor is as good as gold

A novel Raman chemical sensor made from noodlelike threads of gold


Researchers created a special ultrathin sensor, spun from gold, that can be attached directly to the skin without irritation or discomfort. The sensor can measure different biomarkers or substances to perform on-body chemical analysis. It works using a technique called Raman spectroscopy, where ...


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Sniffing out your identity with breath biometrics

Researchers develop an olfactory sensor using your unique chemical composition to confirm who you are


Biometric authentication like fingerprint and iris scans are a staple of any spy movie, and trying to circumvent those security measures is often a core plot point. But these days the technology is not limited to spies, as fingerprint verification and facial recognition are now common features on ...


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Scientists create luminescent gels with multitude of applications from counterfeiting to bio-sensing


Scientists from Trinity College Dublin have taken inspiration from nature to create luminescent, self-healing gels with a suite of potential applications ranging from bank note counterfeiting to next-gen bio-sensing and imaging. Crucially, the scientists have been able to introduce guanosine (a ...


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