Into the Lab: Civil

A portable sensor system for water quality monitoring

Ahjeong Son, assistant professor in environmental engineering, is developing a miniaturized, transportable pathogen detection tool that is the size of a briefcase for in-situ monitoring of Alabama’s water resources. Her detection technique is based on the use of both fluorescent and magnetic nanoparticles which will be specifically assembled together only in the presence of the target pathogen DNA. Her work is funded by a grant from the U.S. Geological Survey — Alabama Water Resources Research Institute and could support timely management and response of pathogen detection in water supplies.

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