Research team invents new chemical detector

Jan. 20, 2015 - Associate Professor Paul J. Dauenhauer is part of a team of researchers at the University of Delaware's Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (CCEI) that recently invented the Quantitative Carbon Detector (QCD), a new device that identifies and quantifies chemical compounds in complex mixtures such as fuels, oils, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and food. This new instrument will have a significant impact on the amount of time required for chemical analysis.

"The QCD is really the holy grail of chemical analysis," says Dauenhauer, co-director of CCEI. "Utilizing this new technology allows us to focus our effort on catalytic science rather than tedious and expensive chemical calibrations." The research was published in the January issue of the journal Lab on a Chip, a publication of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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