Tuesday, September 28, 2021

US Air Force Research Laboratory wants to boost biosensor development

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has launched a joint project in partnership with Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) to boost biosensor development.

The $2 million partnership development is expected ti focus on the detection of biomarkers for stress and fatigue.

The study of stress biomarker presence in the body is one way to research the effects of stress. However, a sensor is required to detect such biomarkers.

The 711th Human Performance Wing expressed interest to design such sensors.

Project lead Dr Lawrence Drummy said: “This project has come out of a lot of in-house collaborative work between the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate and AFRL’s 711th Human Performance Wing that focuses on molecular recognition and real-time monitoring.

“Drug and vaccine studies look for molecular recognition elements, such as antibodies, for a given target.

“We want to use similar types of molecular recognition in sensors that can identify hormones and neurotransmitters for monitoring Airman stress and fatigue in real-time, while also demonstrating they work in real-world conditions.”

AFRL noted that a new type of biosensor, a graphene field effect transistor (FET), is employed to perform the sensing.

George Costa
George Costa is a reporter specialized in defence and security systems. He covers international defence and security issues, such as international conflicts, WMD proliferation, and cybersecurity, as well as news reporting on developments in the global defence community.
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