LNBD research concentrates on applying nanomaterial-based devices to real-world needs. Primarily, this takes the form of noninvasive sensors that detect diseases and provide inanimate objects with tactile sensation. These efforts are realized through two main fields of research, nanomaterial-based devices and volatolomics. Often, these areas merge in clinical studies conducted by the LNBD together with hospitals and research institutes worldwide, and at international consortia (DIAGCANCER; LCAOS; LUMASENSE; SNIFFPHONE; VOLGACORE; GCEII; and BIRAX).
Nanoscale materials allow electronic devices to enter new scientific and technological frontiers. The materials’ special nanoscale characteristics, especially their high surface to volume ratio, provide high sensitivity and low response times.
Volatolomics is the large-scale scientific study of chemical processes involving volatile organic compounds. The LNBD performs both basic and applied research in volatile biomarker studies in fields including medicine, security and food.