Dr. Cortes and his team has recently developed with the collaboration of Javier Lara at The Universidad the Michoacán, a sensor based on renewable biological carbon nanotubes capable of detecting parts per million of hazardous gases. The novel approach will open opportunities for relatively non-expensive chemical sensors. The team is currently working towards the detection of explosives, cancer, and bioanalytes.
P. Cortes, G.M. Brant and G.B. Smith “Detection of chemical analytes using carbon nanotubes”. Proceedings of XXXII National Meeting and I International Congress of the Mexican Association of Chemical Engineering (2011). Cancun, Mexico.
P. Cortes, T. Zhu, R. Guzman & G.B. Smith. “Covalent coupling of polyacrylic acid coated magnetic-nanoparticles to multi-wall carbon nanotubes for manipulation targets” Journal of Experimental Nanoscience. 6, 6 (2011) 665-678.