A simple colour-changing test to detect fluoride in drinking water, devised by researchers at the University of Bath, could in the future prevent the crippling bone disease, skeletal fluorosis, in developing countries such as Tanzania and India.
A research team at the University of Bath’s Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies and the Water Innovation and Research Centre (WIRC), has developed a simple colour-changing test that detects high levels of fluoride quickly and selectively.
Whilst the test is at the proof of concept stage, the team aims to develop it into a disposable test strip that is low cost and easy to use by anyone. The team is working with charity The Nasio Trust to develop the system for use in the field.
For more information: bath.ac.uk/research/news/2017/11/13/fluoride-water-test/