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Solid-state sensor to detect the heavy metal ions developed

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  • April 18, 2020
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Solid-state sensor to detect the heavy metal ions developed

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Science and Technology

In News:

  • Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences (CeNS) has developed a compact solid-state sensor to detect the heavy metal ions in water.
  • The sensor can detect the heavy metal ions, e.g., lead ions (Pb2) down to 0.4 parts per billion (ppb) for efficient onsite detection.

Important value additions:

Heavy metal ions

  • Heavy metal ions such as lead, mercury and cadmium pose severe potential threats to living beings as they can easily be accumulated in the body.
  • They cannot be detoxified by any chemical or biological processes.

Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences (CeNS)

  • It is an autonomous research institute under Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India. 
  • DST provides core support to the Centre in the form of a grant-in-aid for conducting basic and applied research in nano and soft matter sciences. 
  • CeNS is located at Jalahalli, Bengaluru.
  • The current activities of the Centre are focussed on a variety of metal and semiconductor nanostructures, liquid crystals, gels, membranes and hybrid materials.
  • It is being mentored by Nano-Mission of the Government of India.

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