Yijun Tang, an associate professor of analytical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, is developing the technology for an enzyme-free glucose sensor as an alternative to current glucose sensors found in many drug stores.
The primary function of a glucose-specific enzyme in being a part of the sensor is to accelerate the reaction of glucose for a quick result. However, enzymes can't be stored for a long period of time, which limits the function of current products available to people with various health concerns.
Tang’s purpose is to develop a device that mimics the function of an enzyme so that it can offer greater stability and a longer shelf-life.
Currently, Tang is experimenting with composite material with polymers to attract glucose and metal nanoparticles to act as the catalyst other than an enzyme.
The initial interest in this project for Tang came from curiosity on how polymers could be used to be implemented in various ways. Tang began with the idea and shared it with WiSys for a successful partnership that “supported the invention and could relieve marketing and commercialization questions,” says Tang, “as well as project potential value.”
With WiSys’ business knowledge, Tang can focus on further research and development of this useful, innovative product.