Department of Chemistry

Pitt Research Team Uses Rapid Diagnosis Technology to Tackle HIV Testing Problems

The HIV Detective is a solution being developed for early, rapid diagnosis of HIV. The handheld testing platform would allow health care workers to gather a few drops of blood onto a sensor and provide results in one minute instead of the 24 hours currently required. This leap forward in testing is possible due to another recently developed Pitt technology — a THC breath test.
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Reviving a Masterpiece

The sleuthing skills of Pitt alumnus Costas Karakatsanis (A&S ’74, ’78G), who worked in materials science at Bayer for three decades before retiring and taking up volunteering at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Museum of Art, made him a critical investigator in the mission to restore a masterpiece.
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Pitt Researchers Develop Marijuana Breathalyzer Technology

As states consider ways to introduce medical and/or recreational marijuana into their markets, they are also considering ways to detect intoxication and establish guidelines for safe use. A new device from an interdisciplinary team at Pitt could be a critical tool.
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Alumna Finds ‘Something in the Air’

As a scientist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Mining Program, Lauren Chubb (A&S ’10, GSPH ’13, ’16) has developed on-the-spot air analysis software to help keep miners safe.
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Budding Researcher Eyes Future With Better Health Care for Women

Abhignya Mallepalli thought she’d become a doctor someday, but a series of inspiring instructors and impactful experiences in local hospitals changed her path.