UCL Division of Biosciences


Simple arsenic sensor could save lives

A low-cost, easy-to-use arsenic sensor that can be used to test drinking water has been developed by researchers at UCL and Imperial, with BBSRC funding.

Bio Nano Consulting, a spin-out company from the two universities, has patented the sensor design and is now carrying out field trials. Professor Joanne Santini (Department of Structural and Molecular Biology), who developed the sensors together with Professor Tony Cass from Imperial using BBSRC Follow-on Funding and a BBSRC Case Studentship, expects them to be on the market within three years. This work earned Santini a position as a finalist in the International Impact category at BBSRC's 2017 Innovator of the Year competition. 

Simple arsenic sensor could save lives