A night where science meets fun, European Reseachers' Night 2019

We had a great night again among all the researchers and people that pass by to visit 'The scent of science' at the European Reseachers' Night 2019 that took place on 27th September, at the National Museum of Natural History and Science (MUHNAC-ULisboa) and Jardim do Príncipe Real.

We can distinguish the good from the bad fruit and guess what the dinner is only through the smell, but there are many other odors that we will never recognize.

Did you know that bacteria have odor? And it is possible to detect illnesses by only using the sense of smell?

Electronic noses are devices that can smell the ordinary odors, sometimes scents that we cannot detect. E-noses can be created to smell the freshness of food or detect pollutants in the air.

In the Biomolecular Engineering Lab at FCT-NOVA/UCIBIO we are developing an electronic nose with the objective of helping doctors to quickly diagnose bacterial infections. This e-nose has sensors based on materials that are easily found in nature, such as gelatin, and in electronic devices, such as liquid crystals.

It is always a pleasure and rewarding to be part of this event, where science meets fun!

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