Wednesday, November 17
11:00 am - 11:50 am
Development and Application of an E-sensor to Detect Malodors in AHP Products
Our sense of smell and odors are a powerful warning system in pleasant and in dangerous circumstances. How powerful and suitable is today’s and near-term technology in giving useful information about the odors from disposable absorbent hygiene products to care-givers and oneself? In this talk we share recent research into use of olfactometric technology for management of sanitation facilities and how they can provide a blueprint for developing powerful systems for baby and elderly care absorbent products. The suitability of electrochemical sensors and the comparison to human perception are discussed, as well as likely near-term novelties. We conclude with an approach and recommendations to develop useful, reliable and cost-effective olfactometric systems for absorbent hygiene products and how they can address a wide range of product quality and user-specific questions to care-givers.
» Marc Deshusses, Ph.D.
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University