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NAPES - Next Generation Analytical Platforms for Environmental Sensing

Objective

GOALS:
The current state-of-the-art for autonomous environmental instruments monitoring the chemical and biological status of our water is based on flow systems that employ conventional approaches to sample/liquid handling, which makes them prohibitively expensive (often >€20K per unit) in terms of up-scaling deployments. This project will investigate ways to deliver revolutionary advances in liquid/sample handling combined with new approaches to performing sensitive in-situ analytical measurements. Our goal is to drive down the unit cost of these instruments by orders of magnitude to levels that can create a tipping point, at which the technology becomes ubiquitous.

OUTCOMES:
• Novel technologies that will contribute significantly to the realization of next generation autonomous analytical instruments for distributed environmental monitoring.
• New services based on the information generated by these instruments in real deployment scenarios.
• Photoactuated polymer valve structures fully integrated within microfluidic channels
• Highly sensitive detector integrated with microfluidics sample preparation
• Photocontrolled functions such as filtering, preconcentration, uptake and release, surface activation/passivation

Prototype components will be integrated with existing autonomous sensing devices, and after lab based trials deployed at wastewater treatment plants and in the general environment. This strategy will enable risk to be managed by testing the novel biomimetic fluid handling components with existing detectors (e.g. colorimetric methods for nutrients). In a similar manner, a novel E coli sensor will be assessed using validated fluid handling technologies in the existing devices. This strategy will allow the biomimetic fluid handling and advanced detector elements of the research programme to advance independently, or collaboratively, depending on progress.

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2013-SMALL-7
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Coordinator

DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY
Address
Glasnevin
9 Dublin
Ireland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 972 619,35
Administrative Contact
Angela Lally (Ms.)

Participants (9)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 389 010,75
Address
Groene Loper 3
5612 AE Eindhoven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Laurent Nelissen (Dr.)
INSTITUT CURIE
France
EU contribution
€ 453 713,33
Address
Rue D'ulm 26
75231 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Stephanie Descroix (Dr.)
ASOCIACIÓN CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIÓN COOPERATIVA EN MICRONANOTECNOLOGÍAS

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 130 839,34
Address
Calle Goiru 9 Polo De Innovacion Garaia
20500 Arrasate Mondragon Gipuzkoa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Nuria Gisbert Trejo (Mrs.)
T.E. LABORATORIES LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 268 812
Address
Tullow Industrial Estate
R93 Tullow
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mark Bowkett (Mr.)
WILLIAMS INDUSTRIAL SERVICES LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Address
Hydepark Road 10Hydepark
BT36 4PY Newtownabbey
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John Toner (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 328 082,53
Address
Via Festa Del Perdono 7
20122 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marco Buscaglia (Dr.)
AQUILA BIOSCIENCE LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 480 088,70
Address
Ballinahalla
Moycullen Galway
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Niall Mooney (Mr.)
IKERLAN S. COOP
Spain
EU contribution
€ 78 053,72
Address
P Jose Maria Arizmendiarrieta 2
20500 Mondragon
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Agurtzane Garai (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/ EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 198 733,28
Address
Barrio Sarriena S N
48940 Leioa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Charo Sanchez (Ms.)