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Biosensors, Reporters and Algal Autonomous Vessels for Ocean Operation

Objective

BRAAVOO aims to develop innovative solutions for real-time in-situ measurements of high impact and difficult to measure marine pollutants. The concept of BRAAVOO is based on a unique combination of three types of biosensors, which will enable both the detection of a number of specific marine priority pollutants as well as of general biological effects that can be used for early warning. First, innovative bimodal evanescent waveguide nanoimmuno-sensors will enable label-free antibody-based detection of organohalogens, antibiotics, or algal toxins. Secondly, bacterial bioreporters producing autofluorescent proteins in response to chemical exposure will enable direct detection of alkanes or PAHs from oil, heavy metals, or antibiotics, and can further assess the general toxicity of the water sample. Finally, the photosystem activity of marine algae is exploited to monitor changes induced by toxic compounds.
BRAAVOO will construct and rigorously test the three biosensor systems for their analytical performance to the targeted pollutants. To enable low-cost real-time measurements, the three biosensors will be miniaturized, multiplexed and integrated into innovative modules, which allow simultaneous multianalyte detection. The modules will include all optical elements for biosensor signal generation and readout, the microelectronics for data storage, and specific microfluidics to embed the biosensors or cells, and expose them to aqueous samples from dedicated autosamplers. The modules can be used either as stand-alone instruments for specific marine applications or can operate autonomously and in real-time in an integrated form. Hereto, they will be embedded in a marine buoy and an unmanned surveying vessel. Vessels and stand-alone biosensor modules will be tested extensively and in comparative fashion on real marine samples and in mesocosms. If successful, the flexible and innovative BRAAVOO solutions will democratize and revolutionize marine environmental monitoring.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/proteins
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/electromagnetism and electronics/microelectronics
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/metals
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/phycology
  • /engineering and technology/environmental biotechnology/biosensing

Call for proposal

FP7-OCEAN-2013
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITE DE LAUSANNE
Address
Quartier Unil-centre Bâtiment Unicentre
1015 Lausanne
Switzerland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 618 278
Administrative Contact
Jan Roelof Van Der Meer (Prof.)

Participants (8)

LIONIX BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 365 100
Address
Hengelosestraat 500
7521 AN Enschede
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Henk Leeuwis (Mr.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 601 201
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
María ángeles López Vázquez (Ms.)
BIOSENSOR SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 213 219
Address
Via Degli Olmetti 44
00060 Formello
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Giovanni Basile (Mr.)
MICROTEC GESELLSCHAFT FUR MIKROTECHNOLOGIE MBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 453 600
Address
Bismarckstrasse 142B
47057 Duisburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Helge Bohlmann (Dr.)
SCIPROM SARL
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 167 200
Address
Rue Du Centre 70
1025 Saint Sulpice
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kirsten Leufgen (Dr.)
THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM
Israel
EU contribution
€ 334 214
Address
Edmond J Safra Campus Givat Ram
91904 Jerusalem
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jane Turner (Ms.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 376 815
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sara Genovese (Dr.)
IDS MONITORING LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 399 500
Address
Lakeview 12 Cullenagh
Ballina Tipperary
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John Wallace (Mr.)