Yissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew University

Nanoparticle Sensor for RDX and Other Nitroamine-Based Explosives

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Summary of the technology

Nanoparticles matrix for the detection of non-planar and non-aromatic nitroamine analytes.
Keywords: explosive detection, RDX, nitroamines, nanosensor, Devices, Molecular Electronics, Nano Materials and Nano Structures, Soil, Pollutant Detection, Homeland Security
Homeland Security
Project ID : 9-2010-2364

Yissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew University

Description of the technology


Sensors for the detection of explosives are important for humanitarian de-mining, remediation of explosives waste sites, homeland security, and forensic applications. Different sensors for analyzing explosives have developed recently.

However, the detection of more hazardous explosives such as hexahydro-l,3,5-trinitro- 1,3,5-trizine (RDX) or pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) is significantly less developed. There is a need to improve the sensitivities associated with the analysis of these substrates. Existing analytical protocols suffer from insufficient sensitivity, lack of specificity, long analysis time intervals, and/or complex and expensive analytical protocols.

Our Innovation

An ultrasensitive method for detecting non-aromatic, non-planar nitroamine analytes

  • determining the presence of molecules and their concentration


  • The use of nanoparticle matrices for ultra-sensitive and selective detection of non-aromatic, and structurally non-planar nitroamine analyte molecules such as hexahydro-l,3,5-trinitro-l,3,5-triazine (RDX) and other nitroamine compounds.
  • The method comprising contacting a matrix of a plurality of transition metal nanoparticles (TMNPs)

Project manager

Matt Zarek

Project researchers

Itamar Willner
HUJI, Faculty of Science
The Institute of Chemistry

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About Yissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew University

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Yissum Research Development Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Ltd. Founded in 1964 to protect and commercialize the Hebrew University’s intellectual property. Ranked among the top technology transfer companies, Yissum has registered over 8,900 patents covering 2,500 inventions; has licensed out 800 technologies and has spun-off 90 companies. Products that are based on Hebrew University technologies and were commercialized by Yissum generate today over $2 Billion in annual sales.

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