A University of Utah professor has received a two-year grant of nearly $150,000 from the West German government to study a new class of chemical sensors.

Jiri Janata, professor of materials science, engineering and bioengineering, and his research team are trying to develop a new generation of mechanically stable, miniature, chemical-sensing membranes for use in chemical electronics.The work merges two advanced technologies - solid-state integrated circuits and electrochemistry.

The project was rejected for funding by two American government agencies, but the West German Department of Defense decided to grant Janata $45,000 this year and $70,000 in 1989. He expects funding to continue for several years.