Work Packages Progress

WP1 System specifications based on end-user needs

List of analytes, assays and fluorescence labels – WFSR

Definition of a list of relevant analytes (among pesticides, microbiological constituents and heavy metals), biorecognition assays (i.e. aptamers and antibodies) and fluorescent labels for plasmonic-enhanced fluorescence in conjunction with the creation of a database.

Specification of optoelectronic and plasmonic requirements of single elements – CNR

Definition of the desired characteristics of the light-emitting devices, the spectrally selective phototransistor and the nanoplasmonic grating to ensure their cooperative operation at the highest sensitivity for both LSPR and PEF detection modalities.

WP2 Integrated system for optoplasmonic sensing

It aims at fabricating the optoplasmonic chip, which represents the miniaturized multimodal photonic platform for detection in the h-ALO sensor.

WP3 Biofunctionalization and Biosensor assay development

It is devoted to i) the development of bio-recognition assays to be used in the h-ALO sensor and ii) the activation and functionalization of the sensing surface of the optoplasmonic chip realized in WP2

WP4 Sample preparation and analyte extraction

It involves the development of the on-site equipment and the accompanying procedures to extract, select, concentrate and deliver analytes from a range of selected samples to the optoplasmonic chip for their detection in the sensor. The overall system microfluidics will be developed in synergic interaction with WP1 and WP5, for an overall optimized geometry and functioning of the sensor.

WP5 Prototype fabrication and in-house validation

It includes the development of the electrical system to connect the sensor with a communications unit for the data transfer to a mobile device. WP5 envisages the mechanical integration of a handheld h-ALO prototype and the assessment of its performance for final optimization before the analysis of real-samples.

WP6 In-field demonstration of h-ALO sensor and reporting of collected data

It includes the in-lab and on-site demonstration of the h-ALO sensor using real samples (i.e. craft beer, water from aquaponics, raw milk, organic honey) provided by end-users.

WP7 Dissemination, exploitation and training

Professional communication kit – first release – WH

Report on the high-quality communication package developed at the beginning of the project to be used by the project consortium. The aim is to define a project’s graphic identity and to communicate project’s objectives, achievements and expected results to a wide public and scientific community.

WP8 Project management and coordination

Coordination of activities, management and assessment of results.

WP Leaders:

WP1: Mario Prosa and Margherita Bolognesi (CNR)
WP2: Franco Marabelli (Plasmore)
WP3: Jeroen Peters (WFSR)
WP4: Michel Klerks (Innosieve)
WP5: Abdulrahman Kanaa (RISE)
WP6: Carmen Losasso (IZSVe)
WP7: Isella Vicini (WH)
WP8: Stefano Toffanin (CNR)

Other roles:

Projet coordinator: Stefano Toffanin (CNR)
Dissemination Manager: Isella Vicini (WH)
System Engineering: Andreas Morschhauser (Fraunhofer ENAS)
Biodiagnostics & labels: Jeroen Peters and Geert Stoopen (WFSR)
Optoplasmonics WG: Mario Prosa and Margherita Bolognesi (CNR)
End-Users WG: Daniele Rossi (Confagricoltura)

Public Deliverables