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M-ERA.NET 2017: Centro tecnológico francés busca socios para desarrollar un espectrómetro basado en smartphone


Búsqueda de socios
Un centro tecnológico francés del sector de óptica y soluciones láser busca socios especializados en espectroscopía, quimiometría, colorimetría e inmunoensayos con el fin de presentar una propuesta a la convocatoria transnacional M-ERA.NET 2017. Específicamente busca centros de investigación, industrias, pymes y grandes empresas con experiencia en estos campos para desarrollar aplicaciones de un espectrómetro ultracompacto y establecer un acuerdo de cooperación en materia de investigación. El plazo para presentar expresiones de interés finaliza el 1 de junio de 2017. El proyecto tendrá una duración de 36 meses.


M-ERA.NET 2017 - A French technology center looking for partners to develop a smartphone-based spectrometer
A high-performance French technology center operates in the sector of laser solutions and optics. In response to the M-ERA.NET Transnational Call 2017, the technology center is looking for partners with expertise in spectroscopy, chemometrics, colorimetry and immunoassays. Partners sought are research institutions, industries, SMEs and large companies with expertise in such fields in order to develop applications around the ultra-compact spectrometer through a research cooperation agreement.
Spectroscopy refers to a scientific measurement technique for the study of matter through its interaction with different components of the electromagnetic spectrum. This tool is used to analyze the structure and properties of the matter from a spectrum of light. Until today, it was mainly reserved for professionals considering the complexity, the size and the cost of the equipment. The M-ERA.NET Transnational Call 2017 aims at addressing materials research and innovation focusing on innovative surfaces, coatings and interfaces. The innovative device developed by the technology center makes the measurement technique available to all by offering a simple, ultra-compact and low cost solution. The project proposal is to develop an innovative spectrometer with new applications for material characterization and analysis.

The French technology center is active in the sector of innovative laser solutions, photonics and optical systems. By combining expertise in opto-mechanics, electronics, optics and lasers, it has already proved its capacity to design and develop a range of complex laser-based devices.
As a response to the M-ERA.NET Transnational Call 2017, the technology center proposes an innovative solution based on an optical device to be placed on any smartphone in order to create an ultra-compact connected spectrometer. The technology center has developed a first prototype that is entering into commercialization.
The optical device has the capacity to turn any commercial smartphone into an ultra-compact spectrometer that can measure, analyze and export spectral data. It is perfectly suited for crowd-sourced data collection. The current device allows a spectral resolution of 5nm with an accuracy of 1nm. For now, it operates in the visible range but it could be extended to the ultraviolet or infrared range. This technology can be used to perform spectra analysis on light sources or to detect the type of light bulb such as LED, halogen, fluocompact even at a far distance, or to perform chemical analysis based on colorimetric reagents to test water, food or soil quality. The device can also be adapted to measure colorimetric coordinates from various samples.

The technology platform is looking for partners from the industry sector, research and academic sector in order to develop new applications around the technology. This involves the development of new uses of such a device, the improvement of the robustness of the measurement by algorithms, the coupling of the device with additional modules. The ultra-compact spectrometer can be used in food industry (colorimetry, detection of allergens), water quality (detection of pollutants), gemology applications, education and training, counterfeiting. The combination of the spectrometer with colorimetric reagents or immunoassays is promising for food testing, health diagnostics, precision agriculture or environmental chemical testing.

Timescales :

Call deadline :
Pre-Proposal form (stage 1) : 13th June 2017, 12:00 noon Brussels time.
Full-Proposal form and Annex 1 (stage 2) : 9th November 2017, 12:00 noon Brussels time.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 1st June 2017.

Duration of the project: 36 months.

Advantages and Innovations:
The main innovation is to couple a very compact spectrometer with a smartphone to benefit from all the advantages offered by the smartphone technology such as :

? Ease of use (touch screen, battery powered and familiar Android/iOS environments)
? Connectivity (ability to export spectra by email/internet/SMS, to compare spectra to an online database, to collect spectra on a central server)
? Archiving of spectral data and displaying trends
? Ability to tag measured spectra with GPS coordinates or combine spectral data with other sensors embedded in the smartphone (acceleration, gyroscope, magnetic field)

The main advantages of the technology are :

? Compactness : the innovation consists in a miniaturized optical add-on to be placed on a smartphone and a mobile app. The full device is extremely compact. It is battery powered and fits in the palm of the hand
? Ease of use : the device operates in the user-friendly Android or iOS environments, thus allowing a very easy measurement, saving, comparing and archiving spectral data
? Native connectivity : by using the native internet/network connection, the device is the first connected spectrophotometer, opening the door to large spectral data sourcing from a network of users
? Low cost : the device is based on a very cost-effective design and offers similar spectral performance at a fraction of the cost of standard spectrometers
Stage of Development:
Prototype available for demonstration
Technical Specification or Expertise Sought:
Spectrometry applications, chemometrics, immunoassays, colorimetry.
IPR Status:
Secret Know-how,Copyright

Partner sought

Partner Sought:
Type of partner sought : The French technology center is looking for partners for a research cooperation agreement : - Industry - Research institutions, laboratories - SMEs - Large companies - End-users Role of partner sought : - Partners sought with expertise in spectrometry, immunoassays, colorimetry. - Partners sought with the capacity to participate, in a constructive way, to the development and application of the innovative spectrometer. - End-users who are interested in such a device and can integrate the solution. The objective for each partner is to participate in the development of applications around the prototype.
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Type and Size of Client:
R-Y-D Institution
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Evaluation Scheme:
Call deadlines : Pre-Proposal form (stage 1) : 13th June 2017, 12:00 noon Brussels time. Full-Proposal form and Annex 1 (stage 2) : 9th November 2017, 12:00 noon Brussels time. The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 1st June 2017.
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