FCT - Universidade NOVA de Lisboa is part of the international consortium that has acceded to the LIFE 2018 innovation grant, awarded by the European Commission, with the Life Ecosens Aquamonitrix project. João Crespo, Vice-director of LAQV and Full Professor at FCT NOVA, and Claudia Galinha, Researcher at LAQV, are part of the consortium.
The objective is the industrialization of a multiparametric measuring equipment for contaminants present in water, using microfluidics technology, also known as "Lab on a Chip".
It is a small device with the capacity to take samples and analyse water quality parameters, mainly nutrients, as well as others of interest included in the Water Framework Directive. Its application can focus on river quality monitoring, process control in wastewater treatment plants and quality control of discharges without prior infrastructure, without supervision and with real-time data.
The consortium led by the Irish company Tellab is made up of the Finnish company Kemira, the Spanish companies LKS Ingeniería, Isea, and Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia (UCAM), as well as the Portuguese Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Various administrations are also participating in the project as collaborators, including the Bilbao Water Consortium, Aguas del Añarbe and AMVISA, which will make their facilities available for carrying out the tests.
The Kick-off Meeting of the ECOSENS Aquamonitrix project was held the 8th of October 2018 by T.E. Laboratories premises, in Tullow, Ireland. After a visit to the laboratories, each of the partners had the chance to present their organization and the role they will have during the Project. Then the consortium held a fruitful discussion about the project tasks, deliverables and deadlines. The Project Management Board members were appointed.