Vaporsens, a Utah Science Technology and Research initiative supported spin-out from the University of Utah and the developer of a unique chemical detection technology has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research Phase II grant of approximately $720,000 through the National Science Foundation.
(KUTV) With more than 200 protein receptors in a dog's nose – it's no wonder police K9's play such a vital role in helping officers sniff out narcotics and explosives.
Dr. Ling Zang has been studying nanofiber material for decades, and is working to develop a new type of sensor that will lead to a new generation of detection technology. The detection technology, he hopes, will help fight terrorist attacks like the Boston bombings.
Breathalyzers have been a standard in police officers' arsenal against drink drivers for a while now, so much so that the devices have even been licenced for use at private and corporate events in the UK. Now Vaporsens is a new tool that acts like an electronic version of a sniffer dog, detecting drugs and explosive.
Fox 13 coverage of the USTAR Innovation Fair 2013. The fair featured 14 companies from the U of U, USU and from around the state. All have worked with USTAR or the Governors Office of Economic Development. The fair was sponsored by Zion's Bank to help highlight the work being done to advance Utah's Tech Economy.
Vaporsens, a U startup based on work by materials science engineering professor Ling Zang, recently received a $150,000 SBIR grant to develop a sensitive sensor technology to detect peroxide-based bombs. The company currently has five employees working toward a new prototype.
A start-up company at the U is developing an electric nose that can detect odors, such as narcotics and explosives in the air. “We essentially have an electronic dog nose,” said Ben Rollins, CEO and cofounder of Vaporsens, the company developing the device.
SALT LAKE CITY — Cutting-edge chemistry is helping scientists at the University of Utah tackle a real-world drug problem. They're developing a handheld methamphetamine detector that could quickly "sniff out" the illegal drug in homes, or on a person.
The detection of methamphetamine and related toxic substances is the focus of Vaporsens, a start-up company launched by University of Utah USTAR researcher Ling Zang.
SALT LAKE CITY - Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug that can be readily made using commercially available ingredients. Meth usage cost the United States $23.4 billion in 2010 due to increased funding for healthcare, law enforcement, and cleanup...more
Utah-based Innovations Improving Science, Technologies, Services and Products across Multiple Industries
Vaporsens takes Honorable mention for its Explosives Detector at the The Utah Innovation Awards program. more
SALT LAKE CITY - Developed by Dr. Ling Zang at the University of Utah, nanofibers act as a super fine net that "catch" explosive vapors from the air. USTAR and GOED supported Dr. Zang's Technology through a strategic grant an commercialization acceleration. more