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Tissue-based standoff biosensors for detecting chemical warfare agents

United States Patent

6,649,417
November 18, 2003
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A tissue-based, deployable, standoff air quality sensor for detecting the presence of at least one chemical or biological warfare agent, includes: a cell containing entrapped photosynthetic tissue, the cell adapted for analyzing photosynthetic activity of the entrapped photosynthetic tissue; means for introducing an air sample into the cell and contacting the air sample with the entrapped photosynthetic tissue; a fluorometer in operable relationship with the cell for measuring photosynthetic activity of the entrapped photosynthetic tissue; and transmitting means for transmitting analytical data generated by the fluorometer relating to the presence of at least one chemical or biological warfare agent in the air sample, the sensor adapted for deployment into a selected area.
Greenbaum; Elias (Oak Ridge, TN), Sanders; Charlene A. (Knoxville, TN)
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
09/ 819,511
20020142472
March 28, 2001
The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to contract no. DE-AC05-00OR22725 between the United States Department of Energy and UT-Battelle, LLC.