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EnviGuard – Development of a biosensor technology for environmental monitoring


  • RESEARCH TYPE Development of a biosensor technology

BiOD is participating in the design and integration of the different modules within the Chemical Detection Unit (CDU) up to the feasibility study for the final user. It includes the installation of the first CDU prototype and fabrication of the chip exchanging mechanism.

The objective of EnviGuard is to develop a highly specific and precise in-situ measurement device for man-made chemical contaminants and biohazards (i.e. microorganisms and toxins from biological sources) which are currently hard to measure. This will be possible by the development of three different detection units – algae, chemicals and pathogens – integrated into a single and portable device. It will be able to collect and send the data in real-time for a period of at least one week without maintenance in a marine, offshore surrounding

The developed device will be used as an early warning system for the European aquaculture sector and as an environmental monitoring tool to assess the Good Environmental Status (GES) of the sea.

The biosensors to be developed in the project go far beyond the current state-of-the art in terms of accuracy, reliability and simplicity in operation by combining innovations in nanotechnology and molecular science leading to the development cutting edge sensor technology putting European research and highly innovative SMEs in the forefront of quickly developing markets.



This project has received funding from the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 614057

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