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Polymer's hunt for nicotine
Date:8/4/2011

rement with these two methods will increase the detection reliability.

The polymer with pincers for nicotine can be used, among others, in chemosensors devised to analyze nicotine content in tobacco leaves and in biomedical studies to determine nicotine metabolites in patients' body fluids. Another potential application is nicotine patches to help quit smoking. The new polymer could be used for prolong and smooth release of nicotine.

On the Polish side, the research described herein has been performed within the project "Quantum semiconductor nanostructures for applications in biology and medicine". The project, funded in 85% from the European Regional Development Fund, has been awarded to seven Polish research institutions for construction of prototype diagnostic devices on semiconductor substrates, designed for applications in biology, medicine, and environment protection as well as for the development of fundamentals of materials technologies for sensor applications and molecular diagnostics devices. Almost 50 researchers from IPC PAS participate in the project implementation.


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Contact: Antoni Szafranski
press@ichf.edu.pl
Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences
Source:Eurekalert

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