NevadaNano announced today that it received one of the 2013 R&D 100 Awards (http://www.rdmag.com/award-winners/2013/07/2013-r-d-100-award-winners), to be presented in Orlando, Florida on November 7th, for the development of its Molecular Property Spectrometer (MPS™) – a silicon-chip based sensor small enough to sit on the back of an ant and capable of detecting explosives, nerve agent, and industrial chemicals. The chip can also be configured for personal health monitoring and pharmaceutical industry drug discovery.
"This is a platform technology with a lot of potential," said Jesse Adams, Ph.D., Vice President and CTO. "The MPS™ is very configurable and more informative than anything its size and cost that we know of. It is poised to enable many products in many markets." In Drug Discovery applications, the MPS™ could enable dramatic cost reductions through material cost savings and higher throughput in screening. In security and process monitoring applications, the MPS™ enables a new generation of small, low cost, light weight detection tools, particularly filling the need for hand-held, wearable, and distributed devices. The MPS™ is also slated for integration into cell phones to enable apps such as as a compact breathalyzer for improved decision making, breath-based health monitoring, and a fat burning detector - quick breath into your phone and you know if your work out is working out. Adams points out that the simplicity of the MPS™ solution lends itself to wide distribution. The key components are simple, small and made from common materials. Microscopic "fingers" on the sensor chip interact dynamically with sample liquid or vapor and map to molecular properties.
NevadaNano is in discussions with Fortune 500 companies about integration of the MPS™ technology into various sensor products and has already entered into a collaborative development program with one of these companies.
The R&D 100 Awards, called the "Oscars of Innovation," recognize and celebrate the top 100 technology products of the year. Since 1963, the R&D 100 Awards have identified the best in revolutionary technologies that have the potential to change the world. Past awards include the ATM, the halogen lamp, and the fax machine.