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.
Dr. Pedro Cortes was a 2011 Air Force-Summer Faculty Fellowship Program awardee, spending 11 weeks at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, working in the area of smart hybrid materials.
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, V. Justen, M. Hazel, “Structure-Properties Relations in a Hybrid Laminate Based on a Self-Reinforced Composite Material”. Proceedings of the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering. Technical Conference (2011). Fort Worth Texas.
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.