Remote detection of drugs and explosives

Bison code: L.28178

Context/current situation:

The focus of this project is on the remote detection of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that indicate a threat to the police. Such as chemicals used in drug production or VOCs that indicate the presence of explosives. The police is looking for a robust and reliable detection method for these VOCs.

The previous smart solutions groups made a functioning prototype for detection. Validation and testing still needs to be performed. The design also needs optimization. In the end, the device should be used by the police to use in practice.

Besides this, the detection method also needs improvement. Detection is now based on a colorimetric assay, which is very specific, however it would be nice to broaden the scope of the device. This might be done using nanoparticles, these nanoparticles should make it possible to expand the number of VOCs that can be detected. To be able to incorporate this method into the prototype, more research is needed to determine how to make the nanoparticles specific for different VOCs. This will also be part of this project.

Problem statement:

At the moment the police is unable to detect volatile organic compounds from a distance, they can make samples and send this to a department for analysis or they use a swab with which they have to interact with the unknown sample directly. This is not always safe to do, therefore the police is looking for detection on site from a distance, which is not possible at the moment.

Project or research goal:

The goal of the project is to reliably detect volatile organic compounds that indicate a threat to the police.

Project results:

A working demonstrator that the police can use in practice should be developed.

Cluster: Security & Evidence 2

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):