SENTINEL researches bioactive paper that will detect, capture and deactivate water and airborne pathogens
Friday 25 May 2007In September 2005, 24 top Canadian professors and their students at 10 universities across Canada, in partnership with the Canadian government, the Ontario government and nine corporate partners worked together and formed the Sentinel Bioactive Paper Network.
The key elements of our vision are:
- Paper giving instant visible indication of pathogens.
- High speed manufacturing using inexpensive coating and printing technologies.
- Inexpensive, high-speed methods for applying pathogen-sensing biopolymers onto fibres and paper;
- Nano-scale control of biosensor orientation in or on paper, maximizing the efficiency of expensive reagents;
- New approaches to stabilizing fragile biosensor molecules when applied to paper;
- Defining optimized paper structure and surface chemistries for pathogen-sensing, capture or barrier applications;
- Novel biocides for bioactive paper; and
- New pathogen sensors based on combinations of antibodies, enzymes, aptamers or phages.