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Rutgers Engineers Developing Rapid Breathalyzer Test for COVID-19

New Brunswick, N.J. (April 30, 2021) – Rutgers University–New Brunswick engineering professors Edward P. DeMauro, German Drazer, Hao Lin and Mehdi Javanmard are available for interviews on their work to develop a new type of fast-acting COVID-19 sensor that detects the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus from a person’s breath.

“Our breathalyzer device, funded through the National Institutes of Health RADx and Rutgers HealthAdvance programs, is intended to allow for rapid testing of young children without the challenges associated with a nasal swab, which can be uncomfortable,” said DeMauro, an experimentalist in aerodynamics and assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the School of Engineering. “Our goal is to create a product that is not intimidating and can easily be modified for use involving other respiratory illnesses, such as the flu, or in a future pandemic. Our team of researchers in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is working on building a prototype by December 2022.”

“We’re using our expertise in fluid dynamics and electrical engineering to create a device that is simple to use and does not require excessive blowing by children or other users,” said DeMauro, who focuses on aerodynamics and flow control.

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