Environment monitoring, security and food quality control

In the food industry, nanotechnology is being used to create better packaging and healthier foods. For example, researchers are working on creating food packages embedded with tiny materials specifically designed to alert consumers that a product is no longer safe to eat.

Farm applications of nanotechnology are also commanding attention. Nanomaterials that offer the opportunity to administer more efficiently and safely pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers are being developed.

Research in environment monitoring, security and food quality control will comprise the development of micro- and nanosystems. At a first stage, this will involve nanotransducer design and fabrication. These transducers will include micro- and nanoelectromechanical systems, and advanced single/few molecule transducers. The transducers will necessarily include chemically and biologically sensitive layers for specific detection of chemical and biochemical signals.

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