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J Hazard Mater. 2007 Jun 1;144(1-2):15-28. Epub 2007 Feb 15.

Sensors--an effective approach for the detection of explosives.

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  • Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, M. G Avenue, Durgapur, 713209 West Bengal, India. sumansingh01@gmail.com


The detection of explosives and explosive related illicit materials is an important area for preventing terrorist activities and for putting a check on their deleterious effects on health. A number of different methods, based on different principles, have been developed in the past for the detection of explosives. Sensors are one of those methods of detection which have capability to mimic the canine system and which are known to be the most reliable method of detection. The objective of this review is to provide comprehensive knowledge and information on the sensors operating on different transduction principles, ranging from electrochemical to immunosensors, being used for the detection of explosives as they pose a threat for both health and security of the nation. The review focuses mainly on the sensors developed in the recent 5 years and is prepared through summary of literature available on the subject.

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