Analytical methods are essential in many industries, such as chemistry, energy, pharmaceutical, and in health services. These methods usually fall into one of two categories: they either identify molecules and their structures or determine the properties of a fluid or a solid. This project will introduce a game-changing method to industry: high-resolution relaxometry in NMR, a label-free method, which combines both approaches as it identifies molecules and characterizes their individual properties within a complex fluid. The main goal of this project is to open a new market for high-resolution relaxometry instrumentation and methods in industry and health services. We have developed innovative hardware, methods, and software for applications of high-resolution relaxometry in biophysics during our ERC StG project. Introducing high-resolution relaxometry to industry will vastly expand what is currently a small budding market for academic users. This project will be carried out with our long-term partner, Bruker Biospin, the world leader in NMR instrumentation. Our strategy is to (1) identify competition and sectors of industry and high-potential end users that will benefit from this ground-breaking method; (2) improve the relaxometry hardware; (3) collaborate with target companies, including initiated work within the chemistry/energy and the pharmaceutical sectors, as well as a laboratory with links to health services; (4) demonstrate the potential of high-resolution relaxometry (e.g. better characterization of raw materials, enhanced processes, or new information for medical diagnostics). This strategy will lay the ground for the commercial deployment of high-resolution relaxometry in industry and health services. Overall, this project will have significant economic impact: new markets for instrumentation and enhanced competitiveness for end users, as well as society benefits in human health with the modernization of diagnostics towards personalized medicine.
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