Colorimetric Barcode for Detection of HME Precursors
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Focus Area:

Detection and Identification

Project Cost:


Project Duration:

36 months




500 prototypes, 2 cell phone readers.

End User:

Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Department of Justice, and Department of Defense Crime Lab


Develop a low-cost, colorimetric cassette for the detection and identification/differentiation of permanganates, peroxides, nitroaromatics, nitrate esters and nitramines, inorganic nitrates, ammonium nitrate, urea nitrate, chlorates, and perchlorates from one sample. A separate cassette will detect and identify aluminum, magnesium, and Iron(II).

Operational Impact:

Provides a single step colorimetric test platform capable of reading multi-chemistry kits.