COVID-19 Testing Method Gives Results Within 1 Second (UF Department of Chemical Engineering)

COVID-19 Testing Method Gives Results Within 1 Second

Researchers from the University of Florida and Taiwan’s National Chiao Tung University have developed a rapid and sensitive testing method for COVID-19 biomarkers. Their findings were recently published in the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B.

The COVID-19 pandemic made it clear that technological innovations were urgently needed to detect, treat, and prevent the SARS-CoV-2 virus. As the pandemic continues to ravage many parts of the world, there is still a need for rapid, reliable and inexpensive testing.

The team of international researchers leveraged their expertise to develop a sensor system that provides detection within 1 second, which is far faster than current COVID-19 detection methods. These researchers previously demonstrated the detection of biomarkers relevant in epidemics and emergency medicine, such as the Zika virus, heart attacks, and cerebral spinal fluid leaks.

“This could alleviate slow COVID-19 testing turnaround time issues,” said Minghan Xian, first author and a chemical engineering Ph.D. candidate at the University of Florida.

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