The Army Research Office gave the award to enable the firm to bring the technology required for commercial production of its newest product- a new liquid crystal based sensor that has been integrated into drones for the identification of toxic compounds. The liquid crystal based sensors offer unique advantages over other technologies, including high sensitivity and selectivity, ultra-fast response times, stability over a wide range of environmental conditions, and minimal interferences.
Platypus Technologies is a US based private firm established with the primary aim of developing, manufacturing, and marketing versatile products for industrial hygiene, environmental monitoring, life science research, as well as defense and research markets. In the bid to achieve this aim, the firm has gathered a unique combination of highly qualified multi-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and technicians.
Through a perfect blend of expertise, years of experience and advanced technology, the highly qualified multi-disciplinary team at Platypus Technologies has earned a standing reputation in the successful development, manufacture and delivery of high quality, innovative and products used for precision measurements in challenging chemical refining, industrial, environmental, military, and oil and production industry. Outside of the new liquid crystal based sensors, Platypus Technologies develops, manufactures and markets other products such as cell migration and invasion essays, as well as top quality gold thin films.
“The $1M award from the Army Research Office will enable us to acquire the most state of the art nanotechnology required for commercial production of our new liquid crystal based sensors” stated Nicholas Abbott, the founder of Platypus Technologies. “Our sensors use advanced surface nanomaterials that selectively report the presence of toxic gases. When molecules of toxic gas bind to the surface of the sensor, the reorganization of molecular orientation of the liquid crystal film produces a color change. This color change can be read directly from the sensor, or it can be integrated into an electronic circuit to provide immediate and accurate detection of toxic gases”.
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