2017 Individual Seed Projects

Breath Acetone Sensor towards Non-invasive Diabetic Monitoring

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy

Jiheng Zhao

Graduate Student
Mechanical Engineering

Goal: To develop a non-invasive blood glucose sensor by measuring the acetone concentration in human breath for diabetic patients.

Such acetone sensors should have the following attributes.

  • High sensitivity: sub ppm level
  • Fast response: about one minute or less
  • Good selectivity: insensitive to other compounds in human breath