Project TitlePhotothermal Immunosensing Disease Detection Device
Track Code2015-057
Short Description

The University of Texas at El Paso seeks a partner for licensing a photothermal immunoassay disease detecting device. This innovation is simple and quick approach to gathering information critical to patient care.


Based on nanomaterial-mediated photothermal effect, this technology uses a thermometer for quantitative biomarker detection, thus addressing the problem of dependence of expensive and bulky equipment from conventional detection methods. A prostate cancer biomarker was successfully detected, with the detection sensitivity comparable to conventional colorimetric ELISA which requires the use of spectrophotometers.

Tagsphotothermal, immunoassay, detection, pathogen, biochip, elisa, diagnostic, PoC, disease, biomarkers, Lab-on-a-Chip, biological, antigens, viruses, bacteria, point of care, diagnostics
Posted DateApr 6, 2016 11:27 AM


XiuJun (James) Li
Guanglei Fu


Melissa Silverstein


  • Sensitive quantitative results by thermometer
  • Results can also be observed by the human eye through visible colors
  • Portable and simple analytical readout

Potential Applications

  • Clinical diagnostics
  • Chemistry and biochemistry analysis
  • Laboratory use
  • Point of care diagnostics

Contact Information

For more information, please contact UTEP's Office of Technology Commercialization at or 915-747-8030


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Intellectual Property

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