Faculty Advisor

MacDonald, John C.

Abstract

The objective of this project was to explore approaches for developing a beverage container that will act as a sensor indicating the presence of the date-rape drug gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) in the contained liquid. This research aimed to identify an indicator for GHB that gives a detectable color change when exposed to the typical dosage level, and to investigate methods to incorporate the indicator with a suitable material on the surface of the container. The indicators investigated were bromocresol purple and bromocresol green. The methods of incorporating the indicator that were explored were adsorption, embedding, and covalent attachment.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012

Major

Chemistry

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry

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