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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-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-ICT-2016-1

Coordinator

CY.R.I.C CYPRUS RESEARCH AND INNOVATION CENTER LTD
Net EU contribution
€ 501 687,50
Address
Agias Elenis 6 Agias Elenis Building 4th Floor Flat Office 43
1060 Lefkosia
Cyprus

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Κύπρος Κύπρος Κύπρος
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00

Participants (11)

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 386 250,00
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma

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Centro (IT) Lazio Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
ALPES LASERS SA
Switzerland
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€ 0,00
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Avenue Des Paquiers 1
2072 Saint-blaise

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Espace Mittelland Neuchâtel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 1 084 093,75
ETHNICON METSOVION POLYTECHNION
Greece
Net EU contribution
€ 342 500,00
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
157 80 Athina

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Κεντρικός Τομέας Αθηνών Aττική Αττική
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
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€ 492 297,05
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien

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Wien Wien
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,45
FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN-NUERNBERG
Germany
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€ 395 006,25
Address
Schlossplatz 4
91054 Erlangen

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Bayern Mittelfranken Erlangen, Kreisfreie Stadt
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
A.U.G SIGNALS HELLAS TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENTS AND APPLICATIONS HELLAS SINGLE MEMBER PRIVATE COMPANY
Greece
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€ 325 215,94
Address
Leoforos Vasilissis Sofias 8
106 74 Athens

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
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Κεντρικός Τομέας Αθηνών Aττική Αττική
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,31
VIGO PHOTONICS SPOLKA AKCYJNA
Poland
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€ 416 250,00
Address
Ul. Poznanska 129/133
05-850 Ozarow Mazowiecki

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Makroregion województwo mazowieckie Warszawski stołeczny Warszawski zachodni
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€ 0,00
IREN SPA
Italy
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€ 44 300,00
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Via Nubi Di Magellano 30
42123 Reggio Emilia

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Nord-Est Emilia-Romagna Reggio nell’Emilia
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00
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Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

IREN LABORATORI SPA
Italy
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€ 50 975,00
Address
Via Dei Santi Giacomo E Filippo 7
16122 Genova

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Nord-Ovest Liguria Genova
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€ 0,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

IRETI SPA
Italy
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€ 53 475,00
Address
Via Piacenza 54
16138 Genova

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Nord-Ovest Liguria Genova
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€ 0,00
GISIG GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL GROUP ASSOCIAZIONE
Italy
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€ 41 250,00
Address
Via Piacenza 54
16137 Genova

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Nord-Ovest Liguria Genova
Activity type
Other
Other funding
€ 0,00