The aim of the project is to develop a new water analysis system for natural and artificial waters, allowing complex, systematic and for main parameters in situ assessment and monitoring of water quality, by developing a modular instrument family that can be individually configured for target tasks at each monitoring point. Project objectives are facilitated by utilizing samping devices applicable in ecological water habitats and by adapting it to the ecological characteristics of wetlands. The novelty of the concept is the combination of direct and immunofluorescence as well as laser spectroscopic measurement methods, with the use of cutting edge optical and photonic devices. The instrument family will allow rapid and cost-effective installation and operation of water contaminant monitoring in a wide range of water quality problems of even disasters.
The consortial project, led by the National Agricultural Research and Innovation Centre (NAIK) implements joint research and development among the Agro-Enviromental Research Institute and the Food Science Research Institute of NAIK, the Department of Atomic Physics of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, the Danube Research Institute of the Ecological Research Center of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and Isotope Institute Kft. and Optimal Optik Kft. The novelty of the instrument family is based on the combined and modular application of measurement priciples and techniques based on direct and immunofluorescence, as well as optical and laser spectroscopy.
With the support of the National Office for Research, Development and Innovation (NKFIH), the project sponsored from the NKFI Fund will result in a methodological development allowing parallel detection of basic major parameters in water chemistry and the presence of certain organic micropollutants in a single instrument by measuring excitation fluorescence. The development significantly expands the research toolkit the of Hungarian water science, facilitating, among others, monitoring of the contamination status of our surface waters.