Rodrigo’s Science Journal #4

Lecture with Prof. Haick

Last week, on Friday, we attended a lecture given by Prof. Hossam Haick. He teaches at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and is an expert in the field of nanotechnology, nanosensors, non-invasive disease diagnosis.
During his career, Prof. Haick was awarded with prestigious awards and more than 40 international honours and prizes for his achievements. For instance, he won the Discovery Award of Bill and Melinda Gates and was included in the list of the World’s Top 35 Young Scientists. He is also the founder and leader of a European consortium composed of eight universities and companies for the development of advanced generation of nanosensors for disease diagnosis.

In his lecture, Prof. Haick explained about one of the main researches in which he is involved: the “Artificial Olfactory Systems”, also known as “electronic noses”. Artificial olfactory systems are able to accomplish odor detection by using cross-reactive sensors with pattern recognition methods (LNBD, 2014). However, according to his research, these systems are not only capable of detecting specific odorants, they’re actually able to detect several odorants. Through data analysis, “pattern recognition algorithms can be used to obtain information on the identity, properties and concentration of the vapor exposed to the sensor array” (LNBD, 2014).

Watching his lecture, I realized how important nanomaterials might be in order to save people’s lives. Nanotechnology can be applied directly to us and can actually be useful for our health. For me, this is fascinating. Furthermore, Prof. Haick explained how these “electronic noses” could be implemented in the future. Basically, the person would have very small electrodes in his/her body which would send information to their smartphones. In case something wrong happens (e.g. the leg breaks), the information sent to the smartphone will be processed by the pattern recognition algorithms. Therefore, relevant information regarding the person’s situation will be sent to his/her personal doctor, which will be able to analyze each case in an accurate, faster way.

One of the focuses of his research is to “develop and study sensor arrays made of nanomaterials”. It is noteworthy to understand the important role that nanotechnology plays nowadays due to its several applications to human life, health, and well-being. Hence, further investigation on this topic might be relevant for anyone interested in the sciences and in solving the world’s problems. In the end of his lecture, he recommended an online course which will start in March. It’s free and the languages available are English and Arabic. It’s an introductory course for nanotechnology and nanosensors. Some EMISers and I are going to take this course. Feel free to approach me in case you would like to make study sessions via Skype or share content.

If you want to know more about Prof. Hossam Haick and his research team, access the link

Personal Page:


Other two online courses about Sciences that you may like:


I hope you consider enrolling in an online course. It’s a very good and challenging way to learn by yourself. 🙂

Written by Rodrigo Ferreira 

Edited By Carlos Sevilla


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