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Fingerprinting in gas analysis for greenhouse gas emissions and health

Analytical science has an important role to play in medicine and environmental protection

Dave Worton, Science Area Leader at NPL, recently did an interview with Environmental Technology on the topic of gas analysis, highlighting two fascinating applications, identifying greenhouse gases and finger printing of human breath for clinical diagnostics.

As humans we all have our own fingerprints, similarly sources of emissions also have their own fingerprints in the form of isotopes, and this is a powerful tool in environmental emissions monitoring.

Beyond atmospheric emissions monitoring, this fingerprinting concept could have an important role in clinical diagnostics. When humans breathe out, we essentially have a fingerprint of organic compounds in our breath. This can tell us a lot about what is happening inside our bodies in terms of metabolic processes and this information is vital in diagnosing diseases.

NPL provides traceability and robust measurement that gives confidence to laboratories and experts performing and using these measurements for decision making. Our work in analytical science has a key and positive role to play in medicine and environmental protection.

Listen to the full interview here

20 Aug 2020