Navigation Links
Invention opens the way to packaging that monitors food freshness
Date:2/27/2013

Millions of tons of food are thrown away each year because the 'best before' date has passed. But this date is always a cautious estimate, which means a lot of still-edible food is thrown away. Wouldn't it be handy if the packaging could 'test' whether the contents are still safe to eat? Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology, Universit di Catania, CEA-Liten and STMicroelectronics have invented a circuit that makes this possible: a plastic analogdigital converter. This development brings plastic sensor circuits costing less than one euro cent within reach. Beyond food, these ultra-low-cost plastic circuits have numerous potential uses, including, pharmaceuticals. The invention was presented last week at the ISSCC in San Francisco, the world's most important conference on solid-state circuits.

Consumers and businesses in developed countries throw away around 100 kilograms of food per person (*), mainly because the 'best before' date on the packaging has passed. That waste is bad for consumers' budgets and for the environment. Much of this wastage results from the difficulty in estimating how long food will stay usable. To minimize the risk of selling spoiled food to consumers, producers show a relatively short shelf life on their packaging.

Less than one cent

To fight food waste, producers could include an electronic sensor circuit in their packaging to monitor the acidity level of the food, for example. The sensor circuit could be read with a scanner or with your mobile phone to show the freshness of your steak, or whether your frozen food was defrosted. Researcher Eugenio Cantatore of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e): "In principle that's all already possible, using standard silicon ICs. The only problem is they're too expensive. They easily cost ten cents. And that cost is too much for a one euro bag of crisps. We're now developing electronic devices that are made from plastic rather than silicon. The adva
'/>"/>

Contact: Eugenio Cantatore
e.cantatore@tue.nl
31-613-478-250
Eindhoven University of Technology
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. University of Minnesota invention helps advance reliability of alternative energy
2. 3 Johns Hopkins researchers recognized for medical inventions
3. 3-D RNA modeling opens scientific doors
4. Press accreditation opens for World Series of Science
5. Understanding why some people have propensity to disease
6. Major osteoporosis meeting opens in São Paulo
7. Next-generation sequencing technology opens doors to discoveries
8. Media registration opens for Neuroscience 2012, worlds largest brain science meeting
9. Cell research opens new avenues in combating neurodegenerative diseases
10. OpenStax Colleges free textbooks will save students $1 million this fall
11. Compounds shown to thwart stubborn pathogens social propensity
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Invention opens the way to packaging that monitors food freshness
(Date:1/22/2015)... , Jan. 22, 2015 Infinisource has launched its ... the G2 model. The G2 sets a higher standard for ... human capital management solution. With plug-and-play installation, touch screen interface ... clock provides a robust time collection solution for the small ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/8kmfcn/iphone_5s ) has announced ... - Apple/AuthenTec TMDR92 & Sapphire - Technology Report" ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 Following the acquisition of AuthenTec ... with the iPhone 5S. It is currently the only ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... , Dec. 15, 2014 The Defense Logistics ... to detect and prevent counterfeit microcircuits from entering into ... performing an in-house microcircuit anti-counterfeit initiative dubbed DNA marking. ... while increasing their reliability throughout the supply chain. The ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Infinisource's NXG series sets new time clock standard 2iPhone 5S Fingerprint Sensor - Apple/AuthenTec TMDR92 & Sapphire - Technology Report 2Defense Logistics Agency Launches DNA Marking Capability to Strengthen Microcircuit Supply Chain 2Defense Logistics Agency Launches DNA Marking Capability to Strengthen Microcircuit Supply Chain 3
... animals such as schooling fish, the loss of their ... according to a finding that such animals rely heavily ... University researchers report in the journal Science ... to evaluate and respond to their environment. Conducted on ...
... ACS Nano published a study by Ali ... biomedical engineering at Brigham and Women,s Hospital, detailing the ... enhance the conductivity of materials to induce cardiac tissue ... a step closer to durable, high-functioning artificial tissues that ...
... ancestor or the grassland encroaching on the forest? A ... change in the cradle of humanity is challenging long-held beliefs ... and, by extension, the impact it had on them. ... from plant leaves with pollen analysis, yielding data of unprecedented ...
Cached Biology News:The effective collective: Grouping could ensure animals find their way in a changing environment 2The effective collective: Grouping could ensure animals find their way in a changing environment 3New Geology study raises questions about long-held theories of human evolution 2
(Date:1/23/2015)... Rockville, MD (PRWEB) January 23, 2015 ... delivers modern digital workplaces on Microsoft Office 365 and ... 2015 Future 50 Award program for being one of the ... of revenue and employee growth. , “To be recognized ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... Md. (PRWEB) January 22, 2015 ... its new UV-1280 multipurpose UV-visible spectrophotometer. Offering wavelength ... high-quality instrument is ideal for applications in a ... life science. , The user-friendly UV-1280 enables intuitive ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... GEA Niro Soavi the leader in high pressure ... 2000, which is ideal for new applications for processing ... . This compact laboratory homogenizer is the perfect solution ... additives and ingredients as well as for the ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... (PRWEB) January 21, 2015 Cambridge Semantics, the ... technology, today announced that 2014 was a record-breaking year across ... capabilities of the Anzo Smart Data Platform and our Smart ... utilize insights from diverse data which led to record growth ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Washington SmartCEO Announces Portal Solutions as 2015 Future 50 Award Winner Second Year in a Row 2Washington SmartCEO Announces Portal Solutions as 2015 Future 50 Award Winner Second Year in a Row 3Shimadzu’s New Monitored Single-Beam UV-Vis Spectrophotometer Offers Comprehensive Measurement Options in a Compact Body 2GEA Niro Soavi Announces the PandaPLUS 2000 Homogenizer for Processing New Applications for Nanoemulsions and Cell Disruption 2Cambridge Semantics Announces Record Results for 2014 2
... , , , , , Multiporator , , , ... Transfection Protocol , Protocol No. 4308 915.020 11/1999 , ... , , , , , ... line), , , ...
... , , Multiporator , , , , , , ... Transfection Protocol , Protocol No. 4308 915.024 11/2001 , , ... , , , Cell ... line), , , ...
... , Multiporator / Electroporator 2510 , , , , , , ... Protocol , Protocol No. 4308 915.513 04/2002 , , ... , , Microorganism , ... Cell type , Bacteria, gram negative, ...
Cached Biology Technology:Jurkat 2Jurkat 3H73C11 2H73C11 3Escherichia coli DH10B 2Escherichia coli DH10B 3
GOAT ANTI SLI...
Protein Phosphorylation...
ANTI L-DOPA...
... for both 0.2 and 2.0 mL samples for freezing point determinations. Includes ... code reading capability with optional scanner. RS-232 port. Microprocessor-controlled autocalibration. Two-step ... ... ...
Biology Products: