Cavallin, Natalie

Project title: New on-the-spot sensors for illicit drugs

Department: Chemistry

Faculty supervisor: Prof. Fraser Hof

"I will develop chemical agents that bind to illicit drugs. The agents will be designed such that they undergo a detectable change upon binding, including a colour change, a turn-on of fluorescence on a paper test strip, or the creation of a fluorescent solid by-product that drops out of solution. The information on these changes will provide a fingerprint that allows one to identify the illicit drug in an unknown sample quickly and easily."