University of Chemistry and Technology Prague Presents Device to Detect Explosives and Chemical Warfare Agents for NATO


Scientists from the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague (UCT Prague) have created an affordable device to assist security agencies in rapid and reliable detection of explosives and chemical warfare agents.  Assoc. Prof. Martin Vrňata from the UCT Prague, Department of Physics and Measurements has led the NATO-supported project team (also including the Czech University of Defense; Yerevan State University, Armenia; and the Armenian National Bureau of Expertises) for the past two years.

While highly sophisticated detection equipment already exists for chemical warfare agents and explosives, this equipment is often very expensive and only able to be used by specialized departments with skilled personnel. "We are working to develop sensors for devices that will be accessible and affordable for police, firefighters, and other first response units," said Assoc. Prof. Vrňata.

Project team member Ing. David Tomeček has already been awarded several prizes, from the point of view of research applicability (first place ABB best diploma thesis award; second place - Crytur best diploma thesis award) and from point of view of scientific merit (EMRS 2016 Lille Young Scientist Award).

UCT Prague will present projects for the NATO and US Army within the R&D paviliion at Future Forces Exhibition in hall 4.

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