Spectral Shape Discrimination for Radiation Detection

A team of nanomaterials researchers at Sandia National Laboratories has developed a new technique for radiation detection that could make radiation detection in cargo and baggage more effective and less costly for homeland security personnel. Known as spectral shape discrimination (SSD), the method takes advantage of a new class of nanoporous materials known as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). In this video, Sandia materials scientists Mark Allendorf and Patrick Doty discuss their work and the advances in radiation detection it could mean.