The Perfumery Radar system uses gas chromatography to objectively analyze the different scents that make up a perfume (Photo: CC)
Examples of radar graphs generated by the Perfumery Radar system (Image: University of Porto)
Making perfume is an art, and you can’t objectively break art down into its individual components... right? In the case of perfume, it appears that perhaps you can. Dr. Alirío Rodrigues, a chemical engineer at Portugal’s University of Porto, has devised a system called Perfumery Radar (PR). It is able to analyze the odor of perfumes, and map out what scents are present, and in what proportions.
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