June 2019 project bulletin
June 2019 project bulletin
University of Loughborough has organised an special event to showcase some outstanding work carried out in the framework of TOXI-triage project, which will revolutionise the way emergency services across the world tackle life threatening chemical, biological, radioactive, or nuclear (CBRN) incidents.
European Network Of CBRN TraIning CEnters
Start date: 2017-09-30 End date: 2022-08-31
Coordinated by: Université Catholique de Louvain
Increasing disaster Resilience by establishing a sustainable process to support Standardisation of technologies and services
Start date: 2016-05-01 End date: 2018-04-30
Coordinated by: Geowise OY
The Nordic Society for Radiation Protection is dedicated to the development and dissemination of knowledge and experience on protection against ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. This covers radiation protection for workers, patients being subjected to irradiation for diagnostics or therapeutic purposes and protection of the public in general. This work is mainly done through arranging general meetings (conferences) within the Nordic countries, where members can meet and exchange views and information.
The second TOXI-triage field exercise, DISPERSE, took place on 22nd May in Mikkeli, Finland.
DISPERSE scenario simulated a chemical incident in a town centre. A van parked at the Market Square starts to release a dense plume of vapour that blows across the ground and through the stalls and cafe seating located around the square.
Some people in the square are immediately overcome by the vapour and many others complain of irritation of eyes, nose and throat. Others start to report chest pain and breathing difficulties. This was the starting point of the exercise.
Three critical segments were considered where TOXI‐triage concepts and technologies are envisaged to enhance response capabilities:
Explosives are of significant interest to homeland security departments and forensic investigations. Fast, sensitive and selective detection of these chemicals is of great concern for security purposes as well as for triage and decontamination in contaminated areas. To this end, selective sorbents with fast binding kinetics and high binding capacity, either in combination with a sensor transducer or a sampling/sample-preparation method, are required. Molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) show promise as cost-effective and rugged artificial selective sorbents, which have a wide variety of applications.
Preprint at ChemRxiv
Our unsupervised clustering technique, VOCCluster, prototyped in Python, handles features of deconvolved GC-MS breath data. VOCCluster was created from a heuristic ontology based on the observation of experts undertaking data processing with a suite of software packages. VOCCluster identifies and clusters groups of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from deconvolved GC-MS breath with similar mass spectra and retention index profiles.