iPhone plus nanoscale porous silicon equals cheap, simple home diagnostics

Thursday, June 13, 2019
(Funded by the Army Research Office and the National Science Foundation)

Engineers have developed a simple home medical test consisting of various silicon chips coated in a special film. One chip could detect drugs in the blood, another could detect proteins in the urine indicating infection, and another could detect bacteria in water. The engineers imagine a user picking the bodily fluid to test, taking a picture with a smartphone, and an app would indicate if there is a problem.