National defense made safer

While the idea of cyanide poisoning is not on everyone’s priority list, the threat of chemical warfare is still alive and real.p28-cyanidefinal3

Brian Logue, associate professor of chemistry at South Dakota State University and former platoon leader in the U.S. Army, will have a lot of people in this country feeling safer about their national defense.

For the last four years, Logue and his team, including postdoctoral researcher Randy Jackson, have been developing a sensor that tests for cyanide poisoning in less than 70 seconds. Cyanide poisoning can kill humans in anywhere from five to 30 minutes, without treatment. Victims feel symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, headaches, even unconsciousness, and it has been reported that the feelings are similar to a heart attack. People who work in the manufacturing and mining industries run the risk of exposure to this toxic chemical, but the highest exposure can come from house fires. This sensor, in particular, has a focus of testing during a terrorist attack.

Jenna Croymans

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