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High sensitivity, portable photonic device for pervasive water quality analysis

Objective

Pervasive and on-line water quality monitoring data is critical for detecting environmental pollution. However, it’s not easy to gather such data, at least not for all contaminants. Currently, water utilities rely heavily on frequent sampling and laboratory analysis in order to acquire this information.
For this situation to be improved, portable and high-performance devices for pervasive water quality monitoring are required. Towards this end, there has been growing interest in expanding spectroscopic methods beyond the 2μm range of the infrared spectrum. That region of the spectrum is home to many vibrational & rotational absorptions of compounds related to water quality. Unfortunately, water itself is a strong absorber of infrared light. Thus, such methods were restricted to laboratory settings until now.
WaterSpy addresses this challenge by developing water quality detection photonics technology suitable for inline, field measurements, operating in the 6-10 μm region. The solution is based on the combined use of advanced, tuneable Quantum Cascade Lasers and fibre-coupled, fast & sensitive Higher Operation Temperature photodetectors. Together with these new components, optimized laser driving and detector electronics as well as laser modulation concepts will be developed. Attenuated total reflectance spectroscopy will be used to give rise to the biochemical profile of the surface chemistry of the sample. Targeted analytes will be specific heterotrophic bacterial cells. Several novel techniques are employed in order to increase the SNR, including antibodies capable of binding the targeted analytes and a novel pre-concentration method. WaterSpy technology will be integrated, for validation purposes, to a commercially successful water quality monitoring platform, in the form of a portable device add-on. WaterSpy will be used in the field for the analysis of critical points of water distribution networks. This will be demonstrated in two different demo sites in Italy

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2016-1
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Coordinator

CY.R.I.C CYPRUS RESEARCH AND INNOVATION CENTER LTD
Address
Agias Elenis 6 Agias Elenis Building 4Th Floor Flat Office 43
1060 Lefkosia
Cyprus
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 501 687,50

Participants (9)

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 386 250
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
ALPES LASERS SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Avenue Des Paquiers 1
2072 Saint-blaise
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 342 500
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 492 297,05
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN-NUERNBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 395 006,25
Address
Schlossplatz 4
91054 Erlangen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
A.U.G SIGNALS HELLAS TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENTS AND APPLICATIONS HELLAS SINGLE MEMBER PRIVATE COMPANY
Greece
EU contribution
€ 325 215,94
Address
Leoforos Vasilissis Sofias 8
106 74 Athens
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VIGO SYSTEM S.A.
Poland
EU contribution
€ 416 250
Address
Poznanska 129/133
05-850 Ozarow Mazowiecki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IREN SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 148 750
Address
Via Nubi Di Magellano 30
4212 Reggio Emilia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GISIG GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL GROUP ASSOCIAZIONE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 41 250
Address
Via Piacenza 54
16137 Genova
Activity type
Other