Alicante University Researchers Design Low-Cost 3D Printing Device for Analysing Chemicals from Smartphones

University of Alicante | July 18, 2020

Researchers from the University of Alicante (Spain) and the Universidad Nacional del Sur (Argentina) have designed and validated a low-cost 3-D printed device that, connected to a smartphone, makes it possible to conduct chemical analyses. This technology presents a simple solution for on-site testing, in developing countries or remote locations, without the need to step into the laboratory or access advanced technology.

Smartphones have a wide range of options beyond everyday simple applications. In addition, 3-D-printed devices are becoming more accessible and allow us to create not only simple parts but also complete determination systems, as researcher from the UA Department of Analytical Chemistry, Nutrition and Bromatology Miguel Angel Aguirre explains. Within this framework, the device created by the team of Spanish and Argentinean researchers helps us reduce costs and simplify the technology. Its impact could be considerable in places where there are no accessible laboratories. Furthermore, it can generalize the use of inexpensive and portable detection instruments.

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Hydrogen peroxide solutions with concentration greater than 12% can cause skin burn! Please follow safety precautions. Such experiments should be done either in outdoors or under a fume hood. Hello everyone. Today we will consider the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide in the presence of catalysts. I recently bought a whole canister of 50% hydrogen peroxide and I think I will not have problems with that.

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