Three chemistry professors at the University of Windsor have received almost $370,000 from the federal government, through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), to develop optical sensors to detect leaks of hydrogen gas from storage vessels and transportation facilities. (Hydrogen gas can also be referred to as dihydrogen; it is the hydrogen molecule formed from two hydrogen atoms linked by a single bond.) The hydrogen molecule is small and susceptible to leaking from containers. The sensors would be sensitive to leaks and help assess the condition of storage and transport facilities, as well as identify where repairs should be done.
SOURCE: University of Windsor Daily News – research team funded for project to develop hydrogen gas sensors