Virus Detection

We are currently working on a virus detection scheme, in close collaboration with Livermore National Laboratory, which will be both fast and inexpensive. The detection mechanism will be based on the idea that a virus particle, located inside of a nanopore, will increase the ionic resistance of the pore. If a constant voltage difference is applied across the pore membrane, this increase in resistance will cause a measurable decrease in current. This technique has already been shown to not only be rigorous but also sensitive to a single virus particle. The video below discusses this area of our research in more detail.


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