Organic Sensor to Make Inflammation Testing and Curing 30 Times Faster


Thin organic sensor to measure CRP level in blood within a few minutes with the little amount of sample volume

The research team at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) have developed a C-reactive protein (CRP) sensor integrated onto a medical catheter for direct CRP sensing. The team has expected that this development would make inflammation testing and be curing 30 times faster, covering applications in health, electronics, smart-sensing etc.

Save time for sample and data collection

This organic sensor has a total thickness of less than one micrometre, which can save time for sample and data collection, from currently a few hours to 10 minutes or less. Testing and curing of inflammation can be speeded up by 30 times and can allow the doctors to take necessary immediate actions.

This device can sense the CRP level down to 1ug/mL hence sufficient to deviate the health condition of the patients. Generally, to measure CRP level in blood it takes hours to complete one test but with this organic device, biological information can be measured within minutes with little sample volume.

Can withstand extreme temperature conditions

The organic sensor is compatible with standard sterilisation processes adapted in the hospitals. Along with that, the team has also developed a “capsule-like” CTYOP encapsulation layer which allows the device to withstand high pressure, temperature and moisture environment.

This sterilisation compatibility makes the device to be used together with surgical instruments in operation room which requires aseptic environment.

Once the data are becoming available by utilising these low-cost sensors, the team is hoping the real-time measured signals can allow the doctors to take immediate actions to heal the patients.