Infographic: Fashionable Detector
Infographic: Fashionable Detector

Infographic: Fashionable Detector

Researchers set out to make an air pollution detector study subjects would want to wear.

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Claire Jarvis

Claire Jarvis a science and medical writer based in Atlanta who contributes to The Scientist. With a research background in chemistry, she has covered the latest scientific and medical...

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May 1, 2020

To make an air pollution detector that study subjects would want to wear, researchers used components that can fit into a wristwatch-style device. Inside the wristband, air pollutants diffuse into two types of sorbent material over time: triethanolamine-coated foam and a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) sorbent bar. The sorbent material is later removed from the wristband and the amount of pollutant collected is quantified.

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