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High sensitivity, portable photonic device for pervasive water quality analysis

High sensitivity, portable photonic device for pervasive water quality analysis

Objective

Pervasive and on-line water quality monitoring data is critical for detecting environmental pollution. However, it’s not easy to gather such data, at least not for all contaminants. Currently, water utilities rely heavily on frequent sampling and laboratory analysis in order to acquire this information.
For this situation to be improved, portable and high-performance devices for pervasive water quality monitoring are required. Towards this end, there has been growing interest in expanding spectroscopic methods beyond the 2μm range of the infrared spectrum. That region of the spectrum is home to many vibrational & rotational absorptions of compounds related to water quality. Unfortunately, water itself is a strong absorber of infrared light. Thus, such methods were restricted to laboratory settings until now.
WaterSpy addresses this challenge by developing water quality detection photonics technology suitable for inline, field measurements, operating in the 6-10 μm region. The solution is based on the combined use of advanced, tuneable Quantum Cascade Lasers and fibre-coupled, fast & sensitive Higher Operation Temperature photodetectors. Together with these new components, optimized laser driving and detector electronics as well as laser modulation concepts will be developed. Attenuated total reflectance spectroscopy will be used to give rise to the biochemical profile of the surface chemistry of the sample. Targeted analytes will be specific heterotrophic bacterial cells. Several novel techniques are employed in order to increase the SNR, including antibodies capable of binding the targeted analytes and a novel pre-concentration method. WaterSpy technology will be integrated, for validation purposes, to a commercially successful water quality monitoring platform, in the form of a portable device add-on. WaterSpy will be used in the field for the analysis of critical points of water distribution networks. This will be demonstrated in two different demo sites in Italy
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CY.R.I.C CYPRUS RESEARCH AND INNOVATION CENTER LTD

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Agias Elenis 6 Agias Elenis Building 4th Floor Flat Office 43
1060 Lefkosia

Cyprus

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 501 687,50

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CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 386 250

ALPES LASERS SA

Switzerland

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 342 500

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 492 297,05

FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN NUERNBERG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 395 006,25

A.U.G SIGNALS HELLAS TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENTS AND APPLICATIONS HELLAS SINGLE MEMBER PRIVATE COMPANY

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 325 215,94

VIGO SYSTEM S.A.

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 416 250

IREN SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 148 750

GISIG GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL GROUP ASSOCIAZIONE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 41 250

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 731778

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 November 2016

  • End date

    31 October 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 133 301,25

  • EU contribution

    € 3 049 206,74

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CY.R.I.C CYPRUS RESEARCH AND INNOVATION CENTER LTD

Cyprus