Towards Cheap, Miniaturized, Robust Sensors For Explosives 
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Debbie Silvester’s research activities include understanding electrochemical processes with a focus on sensing. She is particularly interested in the role of room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) as replacements for organic solvents in various electrochemical reactions. RTILs are a new and interesting class of solvent that possess several properties such as: negligible vapour pressure, intrinsic conductivity, wide electrochemical windows, high chemical and thermal stability, high polarity and the ability to dissolve a wide range of compounds.

Debbie is also the secretary for the Electrochemistry division of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (EDRACI) and the Australia/New Zealand representative for the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE).

                       

Towards Cheap, Miniaturized, Robust Sensors For Explosives 

The compound 2,4,6-Trinitrotoluene (TNT) is an explosive material widely used for military, industrial, and mining applications. Its reduction products are known to be toxic and carcinogenic to humans and may contaminate and accumulate in soils and drinking water. Furthermore, being one of the most commonly-used industrial explosives, the procurement of TNT by terrorists to build improvised explosive devices (IEDs) poses a real and ongoing threat and presents a significant safety concern in peoples' daily lives. Due to these environmental and...

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