MIT team collaborates with 3M to develop rapid Covid-19 test

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 14:40 in Physics & Chemistry

Hadley Sikes, an associate professor of chemical engineering at MIT, has been working for years with her team on the technology they’re adapting to create a Covid-19 test with rapid results. Moving beyond lab prototypes and into manufacturing the diagnostics on a large scale, however, is new territory. 3M is collaborating with the Sikes Lab to jointly develop the test, including establishing novel processes for scaling it. They will determine whether the test renders highly accurate results within 10 minutes, and if it is feasible to mass manufacture. “What amazes me about Hadley is her ability to use incredibly smart science to engineer a solution to a real-world problem, and take that solution all the way to translation at such a rapid pace, considering materials, cost analysis, and even manufacturing in true chemical engineering spirit,” says Paula Hammond, the David H. Koch Chair Professor of Engineering and head of the Department of...

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