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Artificial sniffer using linear ion trap technology

Objective

The research will develop a universal gas sensor using modular technologies to function as an artificial sniffer. It will detect a range of substances, including but not limited to people, drugs, explosives (including weapons) and CBRNe. The technology will complement trained sniffer dogs. The technology proposed is based on linear ion trap (LIT) mass spectrometry (MS). MS techniques have been increasingly deployed in security sniffing applications in the USA. MS is a non-intrusive high-resolution technique able to detect single atoms and complex molecules through their charged species (ions) or fragmentation pattern. The technique is capable of detecting a wide range of substances rapidly, with high accuracy and with a stand-off capability – critically it is able to detect trace levels below parts per million. Once the MS fingerprint of a unknown substance is measured it can be compared online with a database of known substances enabling real-time rapid identification. Sniffles will develop a LIT MS based device with a larger mass range than other comparable MS techniques. Methods for miniaturisation and modularisation will be applied to allow reduced vacuum demand and upgradeability. Miniaturisation will be made possible through improved designs based on results from modelling, novel manufacturing techniques and improvements in the MS drive electronics and vacuum system. These advances will bring benefits including reduced acquisition/operating costs, greater mobility, user friendliness and flexibility. Sniffles has the potential to significantly impact on National Security and border control and enable exploitation of International Markets. Performance will be benchmarked against a state-of-the-art conventional MS system and security sniffer dogs – within the context of a border security checkpoint. Sniffles aims to demonstrate an automated portable MS-based sniffer device, tested and evaluated for a range of security applications and markets by end-users.

Call for proposal

FP7-SEC-2011-1
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TWI LIMITED
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Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
United Kingdom

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Debbie Mcconnell (Ms.)
EU contribution
€ 633 510,40

Participants (10)

THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 680 723,20
Address
Brownlow Hill 765 Foundation Building
L69 7ZX Liverpool

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eleanor Parkinson (Ms.)
UNIVERSITE D'AIX MARSEILLE
France
EU contribution
€ 463 631,60
Address
Boulevard Charles Livon 58 Le Pharo
13284 Marseille

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Audrey Janssens (Ms.)
DSM R & D SOLUTIONS BV

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Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 216 639
Address
Poststraat 1
6135 KR Sittard

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Robbert Schellekens (Mr.)
Q TECHNOLOGIES LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 315 981
Address
Childwall Road 100
L15 6UX Liverpool

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jason Duffin (Mr.)
SAES GETTERS S.P.A.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 332 468
Address
Viale Italia 77
20020 Lainate (Mi)

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maria Ferlino (Ms.)
ENVISIONTEC GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 114 084,80
Address
Brusseler Strasse
45968 Gladbeck

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ingrid Hanny (Ms.)
XaarJet AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 143 478
Address
Elektronikhojden 10
17526 Jarfalla

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Werner Zapka (Dr.)
WAGTAIL UK LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 133 593
Address
Mostyn Hall
CH89HN Holywell

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Collin Singer (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE DE PROVENCE

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France
Address
3 Place Victor Hugo
13331 Marseille

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Audrey Janssens (Ms.)
DA VINCI LABORATORY SOLUTIONS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 459 516
Address
Sydneystraat 5
3047 BP Rotterdam

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martijn Van Raalte (Mr.)