breakthrough nanotech material has two properties that will appeal to forces facing IED bombers as well as airport security types: It rapidly changes color if exposed to peroxide-based explosives (like the shoe bomber had) and can actually neutralize them too.


New nanomaterial can detect and neutralize explosivesA test strip changes from blue to colorless in the presence of peroxide-based explosives like those favored by terrorists. Credit: Allen Apblett (





By Michael Bernstein, Michael Woods

ANAHEIM, March 31, 2011 — Scientists today described development and successful initial tests of a spray-on material that both detects and renders harmless the genre of terrorist explosives responsible for government restrictions on liquids that can be carried onboard airliners. They reported on the new ink-like explosive detector/neutralizer at the 241st National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), being held here this week.

By Daniel Terdiman

Scientists have come up with a material, essentially an ink, that they say could be used to safely test liquids brought on board airplanes.


New nanomaterial from XploSafe could theoretically allow the public to bring more liquids on board airplanes again.

(Credit: XploSafe)

If a group of scientists can get their project off the ground, there's a chance U.S. air travelers may one day be able to bring aboard more liquids in their carry-on luggage again.

By Michelle Bryner, TechNewsDaily Contributor


Restrictions on the amount of liquid allowed on airplanes departing from the United States could become a thing of the past, thanks to a new material that can detect small amounts of an explosive commonly used by terrorists.

By Steve Paris

The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) this week awarded $1.9 million to 13 research applicants who are required to match the funding dollar for dollar. The research and development projects will be completed within the next three years.

By Chris Day

Shoaib Shaikh’s cubicle in Oklahoma State University’s Riata Center for Entrepreneurship is tiny, but his business plans are huge.

Shaikh is co-founder and chief executive officer of Xplosafe, L.L.C., a company developing the commercial promise of two Oklahoma State University professors research into bomb detection and defusing.

It all started last year when Shaikh and two other students entered a business-plan competition, said Dr. Michael H. Moore, OSU professor and N. Malone Mitchell Entrepreneurship chair and head of the Department of Entrepreneurship.

By Brian Brus

Courtesy of The Journal Record

OKLAHOMA CITY – Ten minutes. Just 600 seconds, and nothing more.