Background of DETECHIP®
DETECHIP® is a spot test device being developed for the detection and identification of specific compounds in both lab and field settings. A mix-and-measure assay that is capable of providing both colorimetric and fluorescent signals for the rapid detection of molecules of emerging interest, DETECHIP® identifies and discriminates multiple classes of compounds including narcotics, narcotics with cutting agents, over the counter medications, and explosives like TNT. Initial studies of volatile organic compounds, microbial metabolites, and environmental contaminants like pesticides have also been shown to work well with DETECHIP®. Unlike traditional color tests which provide a single “yes or no” response to the presence of a specific functional group (for example the amino group of a narcotic), DETECHIP® gives many simultaneous responses, allowing users to quickly characterize and identify suspect materials based on multiple reactions.