An independent Greek researcher, who is dealing with chemical engineering, has invented an instant test for detecting the presence of toxic adulterants in alcoholic drinks. These toxic substances could cause serious and harmful methanol poisoning leading to blindness, paralysis, coma etc. The proposed test is based on a pocket-sized device and is suitable for testing any alcoholic drink and beverage. The test allows the detection of methanol and ethylene glycol at illegal levels (>0.4% as EU legislation proposes). The test has two possible results (positive/negative) and the results are provided by a color indication.
The current invention is a low-cost test (approximately 2€ per use) that provides reliable and reproducible results. The device consists of a reactor and a detector. A material contained in the reactor selectively converts methanol to a desirable product, which is instantly read by the detector. The detection limit is variable, proportional to the chemical composition of the detector’s liquid. Illegal methanol or ethylene glycol levels lead to a positive result for adulteration, where legal methanol levels lead to a negative result for adulteration. The indication of the detector is visual, while sample injection consists of a few drops from the tested drink. Detection is complete within 7 seconds. The device can be maintained at room temperature, and no expiry date characterizes the product. When produced industrially, it could look like a cigarette packet box, suitable for 2-3 uses.
The Greek researcher is looking for companies working in the fields of analytical devices, pharmaceutical companies or other companies interested in the market potential of the device. The collaboration sought is license agreement.