News last update:6 Aug 2012

Swiss develop faster test for melamine

Swiss researchers have developed a faster technique to detect the presence of melamine in liquids, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (EPFZ) said.

Detecting melamine in liquid previously took anything from between 20 and 60 minutes, but the Swiss team's new method has cut the time to 30 seconds.

The scientists used a technique known as mass spectrometry to cut testing time, said Renato Zenobi, professor of analytical chemistry at the Organic Chemistry Laboratory at EPFZ.

Mass spectrometry is a technique used to measure the masses of atoms and molecules in a material or liquid.

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