Heinz-Bernhard (Bernie) Kraatz

The work of chemistry Professor Bernie Kraatz has involved the development of chips that detect specific molecules such as those associated with disease or pollutants. Some applications may be worn on clothing with a readout, while others could plub into a computer. Formerly, Kraatz directed the Nanofab Lab at Western with the goal of taking biosensors to the next level.

Professor Kraatz has also worked on biochemical tools for screening how new drug molecules interact within disease processes such as cancer or AIDS. More recently, his work involved the creation of a toolset that recognizes biological or chemical warfare agents. His lab worked on developing this technology along with the Department of National Defense. He sees the final product as a little wearable plaque that displays a simple readout indicating whether the air is good or bad.


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