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U.S. University Researcher Announces Creation of Nanofiber Wipe That Can Detect Toxic Substances

Dr. Margaret Frey, the Lois and Mel Tukman Assistant Professor of Fiber Science and Apparel Design at Cornell University, and her team have developed a prototype wipe that uses nanofibers to detect viruses, bacteria, and other toxic substances. She announced these initial results of the “nanowipe” at a meeting of the American Chemical Society. The treated napkin could be wiped across a surface to detect a biohazard, and would not require handlers to have advanced training or protective gear. Dr. Frey and her team are currently working to build on their initial successful research, such as having the napkin change color when detecting bacteria or other toxic substances.

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