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FLEXIBLE MID-INFRARED PHOTONIC SOLUTIONS FOR RAPID FARM-TO-FORK SENSING OF FOOD CONTAMINANTS

Objective

Analytical techniques for the measurements of chemical and microbial contaminations along the food chain require detection levels in the ppb range. A direct measurement of contaminants at theses concentrations in a food matrix is not possible by any photonics principle. PHOTONFOOD aims to overcome this barrier by developing an integrated solution that combines innovations in smart paper-based sample treatment, mid-infrared (MIR) sensing and advanced data analysis. Mid-infrared (MIR) spectroscopy has proven to be the most reliable and broadly applicable spectroscopic method for detection, characterization and quantification of chemical and microbial contamination. To transform MIR sensing from existing lab solutions into a portable solution to broad usage in the food chain, PHTONFOOD aims to develop novel infrared light sources, specifically interband cascade light emitting diode (IC-LED), and interband and quantum cascade lasers (ICL/QCL). The light sources will be combined with sophisticated waveguide technology and 3D-paper microfluidics. The project will develop a solution consisting of: (1) A mid-fidelity (MI-FI) device with an envisioned low-price range that can be used for daily monitoring, and (2) a medium-price range high-fidelity (HI-FI) device for reference analysis and accreditation. The solution will be validated and demonstrated in real scenarios for fungal and water mould (oomycetes) contamination, mycotoxins in wheat, nuts, dried fruits and aquaponic-based herbs, as well as pesticides and antibiotics in aquaponic-based herbs. The research will be performed by a multidisciplinary and highly acknowledged research team in collaboration with leading mycotoxin analysis laboratories, an aquaponics farm, a distributor of dry foods and farms with on-site food processing and vending. Strategies for transferring the obtained data and integrating it into data platforms for tracing food contamination, improving food quality and reducing waste will be developed.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data analysis

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2020-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

NORGES MILJO-OG BIOVITENSKAPLIGE UNIVERSITET
Address
Universitetstunet 3
1433 As
Norway
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 126 500

Participants (12)

UNIVERSITAET ULM
Germany
EU contribution
€ 740 000
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 16
89081 Ulm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 341 467,50
Address
Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
1180 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 612 908,75
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NEMZETI ELELMISZERLANC-BIZTONSAGI HIVATAL
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 326 250
Address
Keleti Karoly Utca 24
1024 Budapest
Activity type
Other
NANOPLUS NANOSYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 824 577,50
Address
Oberer Kirschberg 4
97218 Gerbrunn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ROMER LABS DIVISION HOLDING GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 22 520
Address
Technopark 1
3430 Tulln
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 402 250
Address
Calle Velazquez, No 94 Primera Planta
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ACCELOPMENT SCHWEIZ AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 343 750
Address
Seefeldstrasse 198
8008 Zurich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BIGH ANDERLECHT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 83 250
Address
Rue Bara 175
1070 Anderlecht
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SEEBERGER GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 13 775
Address
Hans-lorenser-strasse 36
89079 Ulm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BAMA GRUPPEN AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 28 375
Address
Nedre Kallbakkvei 40
0614 Oslo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HAHN-SCHICKARD-GESELLSCHAFT FUER ANGEWANDTE FORSCHUNG E.v.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 100 000
Address
Wilhelm-schickard-strasse 10
78052 Villingen
Activity type
Research Organisations