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U of Nevada spinout develops online sensor that monitors hazardous gases

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 8th, 2017

NevadaNano, a spinoff from the University of Nevada-Reno, aims to commercialize an advanced sensor that can detect and identify hazardous gases.

The Digital Scent technology takes measurements of materials such as explosive, toxic or carcinogenic gases and sends the data through the cloud. To accomplish this, NevadaNano employs its Molecular Property Spectrometer, consisting of a range of chemical sensors integrated on a single silicon chip.

The start-up has completed a Series B investment round of $18 million to advance Digital Scent, which is designed for use in homes, offices and outdoors to monitor exposure to hazardous gases at a low price point and with high levels of accuracy.

NevadaNano co-founder and technical advisor Jesse Adams led the research at the university that eventually developed into the Digital Scent technology.

 “Seeing a faculty-developed and research-based technology move into the market and have a role in the creation of high-tech jobs is very rewarding,” says Mridul Gautam, vice president for research and innovation at UNR. “The NevadaNano story is a strong example of how the university is having not only regional impact, but national and global impact as well.”

Ralph Whitten, president of NevadaNano, comments, “The extensive intellectual property portfolio we share with the University of Nevada-Reno has provided a strong base for NevadaNano to build our disruptive Molecular Property Spectrometer gas sensing solution. In addition, being able to recruit excellent UNR science and technology graduates and consult leading researchers has been instrumental in achieving our vision of bringing Digital Scent to the internet.”

Source: Nevada Today

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