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'Paper-based device to detect uranium in water'

Press Trust of India  |  London 

Scientists have developed a inexpensive, portable paper-based sensor that can detect in small quantities of to ensure compliance with international standards.

The sensor, described in the journal Scientific Reports, has a lateral flow system that uses antibody-coated gold nanoparticles as high-sensitivity labels.

The presence of in groundwater can lead to severe health problems, from renal failure to cancer, said researchers from he and Nanotechnology (ICN) in Catalonia.

Standard methods to detect involve time-consuming processes and expensive,

Measurements are therefore rarely performed in-field, which adds time between the moment of contamination and the moment of detection, delaying remediation efforts.

Researchers led by created the to develop an inexpensive, portable biosensor.

This biosensor is able to detect uranium in small enough quantities to ensure compliance with international standards, they said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 15:40 IST