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Revolutionizing disease and environmental detection with portable optoacoustic sensing

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New portable photoacoustic sensor technology

Spectroscopic techniques provide information about the test substance - from its atomic or chemical composition to its surface structure. Currently used optical sensing capabilities (especially spectroscopy or imaging) are limited by photon diffusion in scattering media. The EU-funded RSENSE project will support the use of a novel, revolutionary portable optoacoustic (PROPT) technology for sensing applications in the healthcare, environmental and automotive sectors. PROPT can collect information like no other technology can, thanks to extraordinary improvements in the laser diode and optoacoustic detection technology. Its sensitivity is unique, and it reduces the cost of the sensor. The project will be a landmark with a diverse application portfolio.


RSENSE aims at revolutionizing optical sensing with broad impacts on society, by changing the paradigm in portable sensing for early detection in healthcare and on-board automotive and environmental sensing. RSENSE is driven by advanced portable optoacoustics (PROPT), developed and offered for the first time as a revolutionary biomedical and automotive sensor collecting unprecedented high-impact information unavailable to other technologies. PROPT is enabled by unique advances in laser diode and optoacoustic detection technology that improve sensitivity and reduce cost. Implemented with spectral ability, RSENSE will provide a low-cost, portable sensor with so far unavailable features, suitable for a wide spectrum of applications with superior performance over the current state of the art. Today’s optical sensing, including spectroscopy or imaging, is compromised when used in scattering media due to photon diffusion. In contrast to established optical sensors, the novel PROPT technology is insensitive to photon scattering, can decompose depth with high resolution, can be miniaturized and is inexpensive in the production. Rich medical and environmental literature have showcased that these features can play a transformative role in early detection of cardio-metabolic diseases and are urgently needed in environmental applications. Moreover, accurate phenotypic measurements are of high importance for epidemiology and large scale genomic analyses. RSENSE brings together non-conventional collaboration partners to support a visionary new path to optical sensing in cross-fertilized fields and allows development of a diverse application portfolio by using a disruptive technology with high impact potential. Successful completion of RSENSE will cumulate in ground-breaking new detection abilities in automotive, environmental and medical applications. Supported by experienced partners in research and exploitation, RSENSE initiates an innovation ecosystem with European leadership.


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Net EU contribution
€ 1 087 646,25
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen

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Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 1 087 646,25

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