Pink paper probe exposes formaldehyde

Written by Kathryn Gempf for Chemistry World

A new test, developed by investigators in China, exposes formaldehyde quickly and colourfully wherever it may be.

Formaldehyde is a carcinogenic pollutant produced mainly by industrial activity. It also occurs naturally in plants and animals, albeit only in small quantities. The simple aldehyde can be harmful in larger concentrations, but detecting it requires specialised equipment or applying harsh acids or bases.

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Longwei He, Xueling Yang, Mingguang Ren, Xiuqi Kong, Yong Liu and Weiying Lin
Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 9582-9585
DOI: 10.1039/C6CC04254F, Communication
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