Chapter 6


Innovative sensor technology for emergency detection in life science laboratories

Short Description and Focus of Chapter:

Chemical, analytical and biological laboratories use a variety of different solvents and gases. Many of these compounds are harmful or even toxic to laboratory personnel. Permanent monitoring of the air quality is therefore of great importance with regard to the greatest possible occupational safety and the detection of dangerous situations in the work process. An increasing need exists for the development and application of small, portable sensor solutions that enable personal monitoring and that can be flexibly adapted to different environments and situations. Different sensor principles are available for the detection of gases and solvent vapors, which differ in terms of their selectivity and sensitivity. In addition to simple sensing elements, integrated sensors and smart sensors are increasingly available, which, depending on their scope of functions, require a different effort in integration. This chapter gives an overview of available sensors and their integration options and describes ready-to-use sensor systems for personal monitoring in life science laboratories.

Corresponding Author:

Prof. Kerstin Thurow


Director, Center for Life Science Automation, University of Rostock, Germany

Short Biography:

Kerstin Thurow (Member, IEEE) received the Habilitation degree in automation and control from the University of Rostock, Rostock, Germany, in 1999.,Since 2003, she has been the CEO of the Center for Life Science Automation, University of Rostock, where she has been holding the Chair of the Automation Technologies/Life Science Automation since 2004. She has authored more than 190 papers in journals and conferences. Her major research interests include life science automation, medical automation, mobile robotics, and automated analytical measurement.
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Submission Status of Book Chapter:

Abstract: submitted
Draft: submitted
Final Version: submitted