Joseph Azzarelli

MIT
Invented a two-step method to convert Near Field Communication (NFC) radio frequency identification tags into chemical sensors
Graduate Finalist

Joseph Azzarelli is a PhD candidate in Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He invented a two-step method to convert inexpensive Near Field Communication (NFC) radio frequency identification tags into chemical and physical sensors that can be wirelessly read by off-the-shelf smartphones. His invention could allow for cost-effective network chemical sensing on a massive scale that would help identify causal patterns in everyday interactions with our surroundings.