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Nanowire-based Sensors Offer Improved Detection of Volatile Organic Compounds
June 27, 2011
A team of researchers has made nano-sized sensors that detect volatile organic compounds--harmful pollutants released from paints, cleaners, pesticides and other products--that offer several advantages over today's commercial gas sensors, including low-power, room-temperature operation and the ability to detect one or several compounds over a wide range of concentrations.
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