Professor Michael Sailor and his lab are mentioned in a CNN news blog story about cell phones for sensing biochemical attacks. An excerpt from the story is below:
One of the technologies being examined is a porous silicon “nose” that is based on – amazingly - the beetle shell. Professor Michael Sailor at the University of California San Diego uses silicon to mimic the way a beetle’s complex shell produces iridescence. Sailor uses chemistry to give silicon particles a sponge-like structure. The particles’ pores are designed to recognize and sop up molecules of certain toxins. So these “artificial” noses can potentially detect scores of chemical compounds.
Professor Sailor's primary appointment is in the UCSD Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, but he also holds an appointment in the Department of Bioengineering in the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.