Detecting Sarin and other harmful organophosphorus gases via a nanostructured substrate

Last November, our team member Kissia Ferreira showcased some of SERSING’s innovative research at the IBERNAM-CMC2 conference, focused on “Sensor Technologies Contributing to the Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.


We’re happy to announce that her presentation can now be watched online here: 9Nov 2023 11:30 – MsC Kissia Batista – YouTube (or below).

During her presentation, Kissia introduced a bottom-up nanostructured substrate, developed at the University of Zaragoza in collaboration with the University of Vigo, designed for detecting harmful chemicals, known as Chemical Warfare Agents (CWAs), and their surrogates in the air.


Kissia’s focus was on detecting Sarin – a toxic synthetic chemical compound belonging to the organophosphorus group – and its substitute (also called surrogate) DMMP in the air. DMMP acted as a benchmark for testing the material’s ability to detect similar dangerous organophosphorus compounds. Sarin detection was possible using portable Raman equipment at cold temperatures.


Kissia’s work is part of Work Package 2 in the SERSING project, a team focusing on developing and applying already developed meso/microporous plasmonic nanomaterials in the detection of CWAs/surrogates in the gas phase.

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