Smartphone analyzers for on-site testing of food quality and safety - FoodSmartphone

The Nb4D group forms part of the consortium of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Programme funded FoodSmartphone project. The consortium has been built upon highly complementary disciplines: (bio)analytical chemists, biologists, physicists, micro-engineers, mathematicians and food chemists who will work together on this joint supra-disciplinary project.

The goal of this project is to develop a smartphone-based (bio)analytical sensing and diagnostic tool for the simplified on-site rapid pre-screening of food quality and safety parameters and wirless data transfer to servers of relevant stakeholders. This is due to the fact that currently food quality and safety testing is inefficient, expensive and ineffective and is unable to ensure food safety for all consumers and is unable to prevent major food fraud incidents.

FoodSmartphone will provide a unique mix of exciting PhD research covering all aspects of smartphone-based screening tools plus a wealth of network-wide science and innovation and tranferrable skills training. The European Training Network (ETN) provides more than 14 network-wide and transferrable skills training events and 16 optional and 11 mandatory intersectoral secondment opportunities. The ETN and results thereof will be widely disseminated to key stakeholders embedded in continuous education programmes and translated into a final exploitation plan. The scientific training in novel smartphone-based sensing technologies along with the complementary kills training provided will have a major impact on future EU monitoring practices, thus improving food quality and safety.

The Nb4D group will act as Work Package 1 leader on novel ligand binding assay concepts and will host two Early Stage Researchers (ESRs).
  • RIKILT, Wageningen University, the Netherlands
  • Institute of Global Food Security, Queens University Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Department of Food Analysis and Nutrition, University of Chemistry and Technology, Prgaue, Czech Republic
  • Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Aquamarijn Micro Filtration BV, the Netherlands
  • Microdiagnostics Section, Centre Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique (CSEM), Switzerland

Mª-Pilar Marco
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks
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