Water Quality Monitoring Network
As the availability of fresh water is increasingly becoming the limiting factor for development, the monitoring and assessing water quality is of vital interest for every society. Water purification is key element to maintain the high quality of drinking water.
The information about the concentration of biological (bacteria, viruses) and chemical (radionuclides, heavy metals, pesticides, organic compounds) contaminants in tap water is of great importance not only in developing regions, but also in the most modern cities of the world. Water treatment should remove existing contaminants or reduce their concentration below certain level. In order to precisely control the release of disinfecting agent into municipal water grid system and to reduce its residuals to minimum possible level, a network of analytical systems capable of delivering spatial and temporal feedback is needed.
Despite that the current sensing platforms are very sensitive, they are neither inexpensive nor they have a small footprint. One of the main aims of our research is the development of a technology that would allow us to achieve high sensitivity but without scarifying small size and low cost of manufacturing. To achieve this goal, we are going to implement the cutting edge achievements in microfluidics, sensing techniques and 3D-printing to push the detection limits of existing miniaturized systems.