The Massachusetts Institute of Technology of Cambridge, Mass., has received US Patent No. 8,367,001, "Emissive sensors and devices incorporating these sensors." The patent claims sensors and methods for sensing analytes based on the sensors' luminescent properties. Analytes detectable by the sensors include electrophiles, alkylating agents, thionyl halides, and phosphate ester groups including phosphoryl halides, cyanides, and thioates such as those found in certain chemical warfare agents, according to the inventors.

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