NAPES intends to create low cost deployable, autonomous environmental sensor platforms by bringing together novel technologies incorporating innovative sampling and target pre-concentration, fluid manipulation/flow control, microfluidic based sample processing and target detection using highly specific detection methods for determination of bacterial (e.g E.coli) and chemical (e.g phosphate, surfactants) contaminants in water supplies (e.g reservoirs) and evaluation of water post-treatment (e.g waste water treatment plant ).
- Advances in liquid/sample handling using nano/micro-structured stimuli-responsive materials. These materials will be used to create micro-scale valves for fluid control and sample manipulation.
- Develop innovative sampling strategies to allow go collection of larger than current representative samples and reduce volumes to those compatible with portable detection platforms
- Creation and integration of innovative extraction and detection schemes for highly specific detection of chemical and biological targets. Label free optical detection using water refractive index matched materials and customized lectin panels, NAPES intends to perform high sensitivity measurements of waterborne contaminants.
- Integration of novel platforms and demonstration of prototype next generation autonomous deployable systems. NAPES intends to combine state-of-the-art chemical, biological and engineering technologies to create and field test prototype systems.
- Commercialisation of next generation detection platforms. The NAPES consortium brings together academic research institutions and private industrial partners which encourages long-term strategies for productisation and scale-up of production in parallel to technical and scientific activities. This encourages research to be focused upon the creation of novel components and final platforms that will have practical application outside of the lab environment.