Ecstasy Detection Becomes Easier And Cheaper With This New Technique

By Soutrik Das | May 09, 2017 02:17 AM EDT

A new horizon has been spelled by a group of scientists in the budding field of molecular machines. A group researchers belonging from the University of Southern Denmark, the Polytechnic University of Valencia and the Biomedical Research Networking Center in Bioengineering, Biomaterials & Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN) in Spain have recently discovered a new method for the purpose of detecting ecstasy which involves the techniques of molecular machines.

According to Phys.Org, the researchers have claimed that this will bring forth accuracy in this context leaving behind the complexities and costlier treatment processes based on expensive instruments found in laboratories. Also, the newly evolved process is cheaper and efficient than the traditional methods of ecstasy detection which require more time for generating proper test results. Jan O. Jeppesen, a chemistry professor at the University of Southern Denmark. stated "It is our impression that a need exists for more reliable, user-friendly and cheaper tests. What makes our method stand out is that it can detect even small traces,"

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Science Daily reported that Jeppesen alongside his fellow researchers namely Ramón Martínez-Máñez and Félix Sancenón from the Polytechnic University of Valencia and the CIBER-BBN in Spain respectively discovered a molecular activity which can detect even the minimal signs of the ecstasy activating particle methylenedioxymethamphetamine or MDMA. The method which evolves through a ball like an element, with compo of atoms, having holes throughout its surfaces for being filled up with molecules.

The ball filled with molecules can't leave the surface if there is no instance of MDMA nearby. And it lights up whenever molecules leave or try to leave the area. This happens due to a kind of arm installed on the exterior of the ball that can open the ball's pores once it comes into contact with MDMA and simultaneously keeps the molecules sealed within until that happens. The ball opens up whenever it comes close to MDMA and signals the appearance of the material by the blink of a dedicated sensor on it detecting ecstasy.

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