Detection of Nuisance Odors Using Odor Binding Protein Sensor

Investigator: Florida Atlantic University

Start Date:
December 2017

Award Amount:
$150,000

Dealing with nuisance odor complaints is a key issue for solid waste facilities; however, current odor measurement techniques are subjective or largely inaccurate. A revolutionary new technology is needed so that the industry can better respond to odor issues with improved certainty and regulatory clarity, saving resources and repairing confrontational relationships with community neighbors. The goal is to develop a quantitative, non-subjective measurement technique for nuisance odors using human odorant binding protein 2A (OBP2A) or similar analog. The proposed biosensor technology has the potential to objectively and rapidly measure odor concentrations in real-time, transforming how nuisance odors are monitored and regulated. The primary objectives will be:

  1. To test for individual odor concentration range for a set of specific odorants typically encountered at solid waste facilities.
  2. To similarly test mixtures of odorants for their individual concentration ranges.