Using Silicon to Deter Bomb Threats

John McLeod is featured by Metro News.

John McLeod, a University of Saskatchewan PhD candidate, has been investigating mesoporous silicon as a potential touch-free bomb detector at the Canadian Light Source.

The synchrotron allows researchers to isolate beams of intense light, providing researchers an effective way of understanding a material’s structure. After McLeod placed silicon that had been exposed to explosives into a beamline, he and his team discovered that despite the two materials not making physical contact, silicon reacted to airborne particles from the explosive. Read the whole article here:


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