MicroCantilever (MC) based Robust Sensing Approach for Controlled Substances

DESCRIPTION:

MicroCantilever (MC) based sensors can provide revolutionary sensitivity for forensic detection and identification of controlled substance, toxic species, biological molecules, and DNA matching.  Current sensor systems require extensive sample preparation and/or specialized instrumentation to identify molecules of controlled substances such as cocaine with high specificity and sensitivity.  This project aims to overcome these limitations by developing a novel sensing approach based on MC sensors coupled with aptamer-based receptor layers.  In order to demonstrate the feasibility and forensic suitability of this approach, sensors for sensitive and specific identification of cocaine, cocaine metabolites, and methamphetamine molecules will be developed.


 

FUNDING SOURCE:

National Institute of Justice

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Marit Nilsen-Hamilton

E-mail: marit@iastate.edu

Phone: (515) 294-9996

 

Pranav Shrotriya

E-mail: shrotriy@iastate.edu

Phone: (515) 294-9719

 

George Kraus

E-mail: gakraus@iastate.edu

Phone: (515) 294-7794