Development of non-Destructive Fast Spectroscopic Methods for the Detection of Biological contaminants in Water/Foods and Heavy Metals/Nutrients in Agricultural Soils

Host Organisation: P.T.A. Food Lab & Nutritional Services LTD
Partner Organisation(s): PA 1: Cyprus University of Technology PA 2: University of Cyprus
Project Budget: 250.460,00 €
IDEK Funding: 199.910,00 €

The BioMetal-Contaminants project will develop real time Laser Induced Breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS)-techniques and apply two existing vibrational techniques SurfaceEnhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS)/FTIR chemical mapping with an ultimate goal to monitor the Bio-contamination in water and foods (E. coli and Salmonella enterica), and the metal contamination and nutritious elements in Agricultural Soils and also to improve the efficiency and detection time. The application of single pulse LIBS and development of dual-pulse LIBS (DPLIBS) and resonance-enhanced LIBS for decreasing the limit of detection and improving reproducibility of LIBS in heavy metal detection, agricultural soil/nutrients and bacterial contamination in Water and Foods are the new research approaches. Implementation of the findings will introduce new research approaches for developing better sensing spectroscopic techniques in food-water-soil industry and agriculture than are available today.