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Nanoextraction, separation and detection of micropollutants in one single and simple step

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 862032

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 November 2019

  • End date

    30 April 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.1.

Hosted by:

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Netherlands

Objective

Sample preparation is considered to be the most difficult step in analytic workflow. Current methods for extraction and
separation of minute substances in liquid samples are laborious, time-consuming, often involve large amounts of toxic
organic solvents, and are often difficult to automatize, implying high costs of man-power. An innovative sample preparation
technique which has the potential to overcome these shortcomings will be developed in this project. Based on the first
promising results in the ERC-AdG project DDD, we propose a surface nanodroplet-based sensing approach for liquid-liquid
extraction and online analysis of traces of analytes in aqueous solutions, including in biomedical, health, pharmaceutical and
environmental contexts. The basis of our approach, referred to as nanoextraction, will be surface nanodroplets pre-formed
on a substrate within a microflow channel. The principle of the nanoextraction is that the partition coefficient of the compound
in the droplets is much higher than in the sample solution. The compound in the flow will thus be extracted to the
nanodroplets that are immobilized on the channel walls. The concentration of the compound in the droplets will be quantified
by surface-sensitive spectroscopic techniques. Our proposed approach can potentially achieve extraction-separation-detection
of analytes at extremely low concentrations in one single and simple step. The ability to achieve extraction-separation-
detection of micropollutants in one single step is creating new and unique market opportunities which we want to
explore. First, the technology can improve the state-of-the-art solutions in current markets, because of the easy usage and
the small scale, thus saving time and costs. Second, we foresee new markets for the method, due to the higher sensitivity
and point-of-care character of the solution. Our final goal in this project is to create a solid and investor-ready business plan,
supported by a prototype.
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Host institution

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Address

Drienerlolaan 5
7522 Nb Enschede

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 150 000

Beneficiaries (1)

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 150 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 862032

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 November 2019

  • End date

    30 April 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.1.

Hosted by:

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Netherlands