How do breathalyzers detect alcohol?

How can machines tell how much alcohol is in our blood, simply from checking our breath? Is it magic, or is it chemistry? I think you know the answer to that. But let's get into the details.

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How can machines tell how much alcohol is in our blood, simply from checking our breath? Is it magic, or is it chemistry? I think you know the answer to that. But let's get into the details.

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References from this episode
  1. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/presspacs/2016/acs-presspac-november-9-2016/toward-a-hand-held-breathalyzer-for-diagnosing-diabetes.html
  2. Solomon’s organic chemistry 11th edition 
  3. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/ed063p897
  4. Quantitative Chemical Analysis 7th edition Daniel C. Harris






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