Completed Research Projects

Marine sensors for the 21st Century

Start Date: 1 October 2013 ; End Date: 30 September 2017

Summary of Project:

SenseOCEAN brings together world leading marine sensor developers to create a highly integrated multifunctional and cost-effective in situ marine biogeochemical sensor system. The marine environment plays an essential role in the earth’s climate as well as providing resources, recreational opportunities and acting as a vital transportation route. However, the inherent vastness of the oceans means that our ability to monitor the health of this important system remains limited.

This project will provide a quantum leap in the ability to measure crucial biogeochemical parameters. Innovations will be combined with state of the art sensor technology to produce a modular sensor system that can be deployed on many platforms. Prototypes will be optimised for scale-up and commercialisation.

TelLab’s contribution:

TelLab’s main involvement is in Work Package 1 Development of Core Technologies, where we are working on achieving cost savings, by leading the development of a cassette-based reagent / standard pack that can be replaced by the user (even in the field). This directly addresses the complexity and cost of the existing state of the art microfluidic systems. We are also involved in the Exploitation and Dissemination tasks of the project.

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Next Generation Analytical Platforms for Environmental Sensing

Start Date: 1 December 2013 ; End Date: 31 May 2017  napes_logo

Summary of Project:

This project investigates ways to deliver revolutionary advances in liquid/sample handling combined with new approaches to performing sensitive in-situ analytical measurements. The goal of the project is to drive down the unit cost of these instruments by orders of magnitude to levels that can create a tipping point, at which the technology becomes ubiquitous.


Novel technologies that will contribute significantly to the realisation of next generation autonomous analytical instruments for distributed environmental monitoring.

New services based on the information generated by these instruments in real deployment scenarios.

Photoactuated polymer valve structures fully integrated within microfluidic channels.

Highly sensitive detector integrated with microfluidics sample preparation.

Photocontrolled functions such as filtering, preconcentration, uptake and release, surface activation/passivation.

TelLab’s contribution:

TelLab’s role within this project focuses on the development of a portable pre-concentration method for analytes using reverse osmosis, e.g. Ammonia, Phosphate, Nitrate, Nitrite, Iron, Manganese. Potentially this system can be used where the concentration of analytes is lower than the Limits of Detection.

TelLab is the leader of Work Package 3 “Sampling and Pre-concentration” and Work Package 8 “Deployment of systems;” we are also responsible for the deployment of prototypes and are involved in all dissemination and exploitation activities.

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Cost-effective sensors, interoperable with international existing ocean observing systems to meet EU policy requirements.

Start Date:  1 November 2013 ; End Date: 28 February 2017   commonsense

Summary of Project: 

This project aims to develop integrated and effective data acquisition systems by developing innovative sensors that are interoperable with international existing ocean observing systems to meet EU marine policies such as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and the Common Fisheries Policy. 

TelLab’s contribution:

TelLab’s main involvement is in the following Work Packages (WPs):

  • WP 2 Integrated basis for cost-effective sensors development
  • WP 5 Sensors for in-situ monitoring of Eutrophication
  • WP 7 Sensors for in-situ monitoring of heavy metals

Our tasks include extensive laboratory testing and comparing of reference samples with the sensor results. We are also involved in the dissemination and exploitation of the project through attendance at Trade Shows where details of all of our European projects are promoted.

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atwarmAdvanced Technologies for Water Resource Management

Start Date:    1 Dec 2009 End Date:  30 Nov 2013

Summary of Project:

ATWARM (Advanced Technologies for Water Resource Management) was a Marie Curie Initial Training Network funded by the EC FP7 People Programme.

ATWARM had 7 Network Partners in the UK, Germany and Ireland, and was coordinated by the QUESTOR Centre at Queen’s University Belfast (UK).

The fundamental objective of the ATWARM ITN was to enhance the career prospects of 16 young researchers by providing them with greatly enhanced scientific and technical knowledge as well as multidisciplinary skills and business aptitudes that will contribute to security of water quality and quantity for future generations within the EU.

The main S&T objectives in the ATWARM proposal were to develop advanced technologies for enhancing:

performance and/or sustainability of water and wastewater treatment plants

water quality, including advanced technologies for analysis and monitoring.

Each ATWARM researcher carried out research on a specific project and was mentored by an appointed supervisor from one of the academic or industrial partners. Researchers were seconded to other Network Sites mid-way through their research project so that they would have a broader knowledge of the complete ATWARM scientific programme and its objectives.

The ATWARM project helped to move the industry forward. Each of the 16 participating researchers undertook a separate project – some in the development of technology which was quite close to market. Others worked on cutting-edge science and although this work was very much lab-based, this work also had excellent commercial potential.

TelLab’s contribution:

TelLab’s work included the development of a standard method for Total Petroleum Hydrocarbon (TPH) analysis to be used in environmental laboratories and industry.

The requirements were:

  • To meet European and national regulations
  • To be cost effective
  • To be applicable to different types of water (sea, waste, ground and surface-water)
  • To cover a wide range of hydrocarbons.

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