Professor Makes Sensor Out of Bee Venom

Security or the lack of it has been an issue that has been bothering mankind now; more than ever. Using explosives as a threatening tool is being used by terror outfits and other anti-social elements in the society; yet tackling the same or even detection has been posing a challenge to security forces around the world.

Senses danger..

Senses danger..


Michael Strano, an associate professor of chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has come up with a technology which if successful in a real life situation will go down in the books of history as a path-breaking innovation. Partly, the surprise element was that his technology unlike common assumptions does not employ any complex gadget, or even any complex theory for that matter. Using bee venom, called peptide wrapped around a carbon rod gives a home-made sensor.

Working on the principle of single-molecule detection, Strano’s sensors have faced doubtful glances by his colleagues, although a bunch of them find his idea 'promising'. A lot of parameters like ease of use, easy reproduction of the technology, ease of commercialization, and so on will decide the fate of this technology. At the same time, the device is believed to be apt for use only within the range of a particular distance, and not beyond it.

Published Date: May 11, 2011 02:48 pm | Updated Date: May 11, 2011 02:48 pm