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Development of Novel Sensors for Contaminant Detection in Water using Near Infrared Light and Aquaphotomics

Objetivo

Although water is the most widespread molecule in biological systems, it’s interaction with light remains poorly understood. Water is prone to contamination through biological processes, industrial practises and malicious tampering. Surface water reservoirs are exposed to contamination by thousands of micropollutants from pharmaceutical, agricultural and natural origins. Aquaphotomics is a new scientific discipline that concerns the rapid and comprehensive analysis of water-light interaction as a potential source of information for better understanding of the biological world. This proposal investigates the potential use of Aquaphotomics combined with Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) and Near Infrared Chemical Imaging (NIR-CI) for early detection of contamination in water. Knowledge gained on the theory and application of Aquaphotomics acquired during the outgoing stage will be transferred to the EU during the incoming stage. This knowledge will be used in the development of real-time, multi-contaminant detectors based on NIRS and NIR-CI. Such real-time monitoring would enable dynamic modelling of water systems, which is not currently available, for increased understanding of the behaviour of contaminated water systems. It is envisaged that this work will lead to the development of a centre of excellence in Aquaphotomics at UCD and provide a protocol for the development of sensors based on NIRS and NIR-CI for rapid detection of contamination in water.

Convocatoria de propuestas

FP7-PEOPLE-IOF-2008
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Régimen de financiación

MC-IOF - International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF)

Coordinador

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
Dirección
Belfield
4 Dublin
Irlanda
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Aportación de la UE
€ 265 736,18
Contacto administrativo
Donal Doolan (Mr.)