A whole new generation of optical sensors which allows the precise measurement of key compounds in liquids are still limited in their use to very small niches in the medical field (blood gas e.g.).
The new generation of optical sensors are based on luminescence decay time of phosphorescent materials, which have the advantage of being non-invasive and far more reliable than conventional optical sensors due to their interdependence of light intensity, thickness of sensing layer and the optical properties of the analyte.
The main objective is transfer and adaptation of optical based sensor technology from point of care medico-technical applications to industrial and environmental monitoring and biotechnology applications. This raises severe demands on price and performance.
The objective is to be achieved through development of a miniaturised industrial multi-analytic sensor capable of measuring several parameters simultaneously (e.g. oxygen, carbon dioxide, salinity, pH and temperature).
The goal is to develop a small sensor unit with a diameter of less than 20mm which is ten-times cheaper compared to the combined price of the sensors capable of measuring the same parameters.