ECE Associate Professor Mehdi Javanmard is the co-recipient with Rutgers MAE researchers of an award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx-Rad) program under the guidance of Rutgers HealthAdvance Fund™ for the project "A rapid breathalyzer diagnostics platform for COVID-19". This is a two-year project awarded at $443,000.
The project seeks to deliver a rapid diagnostic breathalyzer prototype for capturing infectious pathogens in the oral cavity with results in minutes and without the need for an uncomfortable swab test. This technology combines a liquid impactor concept with an impedance sensor to rapidly detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 antigens within a patient's breath. The goal of the project is the development of a product that is simple to use and requires no intermediate professional or processing lab. The unique element of this product is that it can be easily reconfigured for detection of other airborne viruses.