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BROADBAND TUNABLE QCL BASED SENSOR FOR ONLINE AND INLINE DETECTION OF CONTAMINANTS IN WATER

Objective

AQUARIUS proposes disruptive improvements in laser based water sensing employing MIR quantum cascade lasers (QCLs). It is motivated by
i) the EC Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) where hydrocarbons are identified as priority hazardous substances,
ii) the industrial and regulatory need for fast and continuous detection of contaminants and
iii) the current state-of-the-art of measuring these substances using QCLs as defined by project partner QuantaRed Technologies and described in ASTM D7678.
AQUARIUS will improve this offline method by developing pervasive online and inline sensing strategies based on advanced photonic structures. For improved specificity a broadly (200 cm-1) tunable MOEMS based µEC-QCL source will be developed into a core spectrometer. High power, mode-hop free operation and unprecedentedly fast data acquisition (1000 spectra/s) will assure high S/N-ratios and thus high sensitivity. The system for online sensing (LOD: 1ppm) is based on automated liquid-liquid extraction and will be validated by project partner OMV for process and waste water monitoring. It will also be tested for identifying different sources of contaminations by project partner KWR in their water treatment and purification facilities. The system for inline sensing will be based on integrated optical circuits (IOC) including waveguides for evanescent wave sensing. Switching between individual waveguides of the IOC will enable quasi-simultaneous sample and background measurement and thus assure excellent long-term stability. By enrichment of analytes in polymer layers LODs as required for drinking (0.5ppb) and groundwater (50ppb) will be reached.
AQUARIUS covers the supply chain from research institutes to system integrator and end users. It will push the online system from TRL 3 to 7 and the inline system from TRL 2 to 4 and thus reinforce the industrial leadership of the project partners regarding QCL based liquid sensing and photonic components (source, detector and IOCs).

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-ICT-2016-1

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Coordinator

TECHNIKON FORSCHUNGS- UND PLANUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
Net EU contribution
€ 285 125,00
Address
Burgplatz 3a
9500 Villach
Austria

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Südösterreich Kärnten Klagenfurt-Villach
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (7)

QUANTARED TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 717 500,00
Address
Columbusgasse 1-3/54
1100 Wien

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Wien Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 1 048 437,50
Address
Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munchen

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Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
OMV EXPLORATION & PRODUCTION GMBH
Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 188 750,00
Address
Trabrennstrasse 6 - 8
1020 Wien

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Region
Wien Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
VIGO PHOTONICS SPOLKA AKCYJNA
Poland
Net EU contribution
€ 485 000,00
Address
Ul. Poznanska 129/133
05-850 Ozarow Mazowiecki

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Makroregion województwo mazowieckie Warszawski stołeczny Warszawski zachodni
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 614 913,75
Address
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven

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Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Leuven
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 330 287,50
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien

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Region
Wien Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
KWR WATER BV
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 221 250,00
Address
Groningenhaven 7
3433 PE Nieuwegein

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Region
West-Nederland Utrecht Utrecht
Activity type
Other
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€ 0,00