Completed Research Projects

ACTTiVAte Project – support for innovative SMEs                                                        

Start Date: 1 Dec 2017   End Date: 31 Jan 2018

This project was supported by the ACTTiVAte project consortium and is financed by the EU’s Horizon 2020 Program under Grant Agreement 691473. It supports innovative SMEs to enable the emergence of new cross-border and cross-sectoral value chains through fostering technology transfer within four sectors with strong synergies: Aerospace, Agro-food, Health and ICT.  ACTTiVAte experts provide support through the provision of business support services such as training workshops, mentoring, brokerage events, mobility exchange programs and investment forums to ensure the innovative projects develop a marketable product.

Tellab’s aim was to combine three technologies in an innovative way to produce a soil monitoring sampler for the agro food industry.

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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  

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   

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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