At Sandia National Laboratory in Livermore, CA, a researcher injects a sample into a handheld microseparations platform for analysis.
At SNL, a grant was awarded to develop a technology that can successfully detect deadly toxins from harmful algal blooms (HABs). The dense patches or blooms that sometimes accumulate near the surface of the water can produce potent neurotoxins that are transferred through the food chain, accumulating in zooplankton and shellfish, eventually harming or even killing marine mammals and humans that consume tainted shellfish. Researchers will use laser-induced fluorescence and other separation methods inherent in Sandia's uChemLab (Micro ChemLab ) technology. The research will focus on enhancing the early warning capability of detection is expected to lay the ground work for the development of a reliable, cost-effective prototype to simultaneously analyze multiple hab toxins in phytoplankton and/or shellfish in the field. The goal is to develop small, lightweight devices that could be fielded by oceanographers and marine biologists as part of their regular monitoring systems.
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June 8, 2014
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