Using fabric, FIU researchers find fast new way to test for chemicals

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A researcher at Florida International University says he co-invented a new technology using a fabric that can extract chemical compounds within minutes, cutting short a process that can often take hours or even days to complete.

The testing method could be important in uses ranging from water pollution or blood testing in labs to urine testing for drugs — and could even become a new way of preserving evidence for court proceedings, said Abuzar Kabir, an FIU postdoctoral associate of chemistry.

Kabir said he wanted to create a testing technology that wouldn’t require a lot of equipment — “without making any big noise or big drama,” he said — but still produce reliable, fast results.