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Holmes, Wilson featured in Scientia for nanotechnology research

Holmes, Wilson featured in Scientia for nanotechnology research

Dr. Christina Wilson and Dr. Andrea Holmes

Doane professors Dr. Andrea Holmes and Dr. Christina Wilson have been recognized for their outstanding nanotechnology research work, earning a spotlight in the publication Scientia, a global science communication publication.

Through a partnership with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Karlsruhe, Germany, Holmes has secured National Science Foundation funding for a program that provides international research experience for undergraduate students that covers travel and expenses to perform collaborative research abroad.

One aspect of the research Doane students are working on is the development of a nanoprinted sensor called the DETECHIP, short for detection chip. This chip can be adapted to multiple substances and printed on many types of surfaces. As outlined in the article, Doane students have "developed new colorimetric sensor tests that are small and portable to detect drugs of abuse, pesticides, steroids, explosives, warfare agents like nerve gases, and biological molecules that play a significant role in bacterial infections."

The applications for this chip span far and wide, as this technology could benefit doctors, scientists, and soldiers, to name a few. From identifying water contamination in streams, to locating explosives in war zones, to testing for performance-enhancing drugs, there are a number of industries that could benefit from the ability to perform substance detection on site, in real time.

Doane's undergraduate researchers were able to spend time at KIT in Germany last year and look forward to their continued involvement with this groundbreaking technology. With this research, Dr. Holmes and her team hope to protect human health by detecting toxic chemicals, provide safer hospitals, and develop technologies to improve the environment.

The full article on Scientia profiling Dr. Holmes, Dr. Wilson, and the work Doane students are doing can be found here.