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On-line industrial water quality analysis system for rapid and accurate detection of pathogens

Objective

"Currently the identification and quantification of pollutants in water are mostly carried out manually through sampling and subsequent laboratory analysis (off-line analysis), with methodologies of work that involve some significant costs in terms of displacement to sampling points, reagents and specialized personnel dedicated to the operation, leading to time consuming and economically challenging approaches, causing the number of analyses performed to be kept at the bare minimum. The industry therefore is calling for novel, cost-effective solutions to meet these new challenges: we propose to develop an online water monitoring device for microbiological contamination analysis, that allows industries and environmental protection agencies to replace the routine activities of sampling and laboratory testing of pathogens. The new system, which will be produced in two versions, both for online and for offline measurements, will be able to real time monitor the quality of industrial process water and effluents basing on an opto-ultrasonic device and on a lipid-based diagnostic kit. The novelty of our approach is the use of engineered liposomes for detecting bacteria in water: these are nanoparticles formed by a lipid bilayer enclosing an aqueous compartment displaying features that can be different (pH, ionic strength, composition) with respect to the bulk. We will load liposomes with a chromophore and will engineer them in order to make them specifically react with one target bacteria; this is the simple operating system of the AQUALITY system, which is completed by an ultrasonic unit to concentrate bacteria and an optical unit for detecting the sample colour change following to the interaction between liposomes and bacteria."

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Coordinator

ENSATEC SL
Address
Avenida Lentiscares 4 6
26370 Navarrete
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 350 526
Administrative Contact
Jose Manuel Ochoa Martinez (Mr.)

Participants (10)

IRBM SCIENCE PARK SRL

Participation ended

Italy
Address
Via Pontina Km 30.600
00040 Pomezia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sergio Santoro (Dr.)
ARGUS Umweltbiotechnologie GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 258 901
Address
Kitzingstrasse 11-13
12277 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Horst Niebelschutz (Dr.)
IRBM SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 208 738
Address
Via Pontina Km 30600
00040 Pomezia Rm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Micol Estrella (Dr.)
Optomesures
France
EU contribution
€ 253 221
Address
Enceinte Serres
31590 Saint Marcel Paulel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bernard Genot (Mr.)
ROROSMEIERIET AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 57 359
Address
Sollihagaen 2
7374 Roros
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Trond Vilhelm Lund (Mr.)
LABOR SRL
Italy
Address
Via Della Scrofa 117
00186 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paolo De Stefanis (Mr.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Giovanna Mancini (Dr.)
CARDIFF UNIVERSITY

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Address
Newport Road 30-36
CF24 ODE Cardiff
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nick Bodycombe (Mr.)
TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUTT AS
Norway
Address
Kabelgaten 2
N-0580 Oslo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Asbjorn Rune Ousland (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yan Qiao (Mrs.)