Physicist Dr. Bijan Miremadi has developed a gas sensor that could prevent disasters caused by dangerous gases both at home and in the workplace. "To the best of our knowledge, this is the only one of its kind in existence," says Miremadi. Depending on the type of sensor heads they use, most gas sensors currently in the market are not selective to a particular gas. His system is like a sniffing camera which can find any gas and identify it. Miremadi developed two versions--a handheld unit suitable for personal use or in the home, and another unit that can be controlled by a computer and monitor multi locations in office buildings, industrial sites, and mines. The handheld version, now in the prototype stage, can also be connected to a computer or operated independently. Miremadi is currently looking for financing to bring his products to market. The sensor was developed with the support of SFU's university/industry liaison office, in collaboration with Western Pacific Research Corp., an SFU spin-off company.
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