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Aschaffenburg University chooses Stratophase.

The first complete sensing unit based on Stratophase's patented biochemical detection technology has been selected by the University of Applied Sciences at Aschaffenburg, Germany, for a three-year government-funded research project.

Aschaffenburg has recognised the potential of the technology for widespread commercial applications, and its advantages over other technologies to provide cost-effective and practical detection of critical biochemical contaminants in food and beverage F&B is a common abbreviation in the United States and Commonwealth countries, including Hong Kong. F&B is typically the widely accepted abbreviation for "Food and Beverage," which is the sector/industry that specializes in the conceptualization, the making of, and delivery of foods.  processing.

In particular, its unique design will enable a network of sensors to be built across a manufacturing platform for continuous multi-point testing.

Stratophase's patented technology detects toxins, viruses and bacteria in real time. Based on an optical silicon chip with an integral planar Bragg grating See fiber Bragg grating. , it uses a fibre-optic cable to transmit a conditioned beam of light to the chip.

When target agents or contaminants are carried in liquid across the surface, tiny changes in sample composition can be detected by very precise and continuous monitoring of the wavelength of light reflected from the sensor. By pre-treating the surface to make it sensitive to certain biological or chemical reactions This is the 18th episode of television drama Men in Trees. It originally aired on June 25, 2007 on the TV2 network in New Zealand as a continuation of season 1. Recap
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, it becomes a robust and sensitive biochemical detector.

Stratophase has already been successful with its technology in homeland security Noun 1. Homeland Security - the federal department that administers all matters relating to homeland security
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 and its sensors are being developed in this area with key customers and through government contracts. The Aschaffenburg project will now examine for the first time the use of the same technology in other applications. It will investigate combining the technology with microfluidic structures to create a robust and cost-effective biochemical sensor A biochemical sensor is a chemical sensor used in medical diagnosis and patient monitoring. Such a sensor can be electrochemical or optical. See also
  • Protein sensor
  • Acousto-electric biochemical sensor array
  • National Centre for Sensor Research (Ireland)
 for commercial use.

The project will probe the capabilities of the Stratophase sensor, treating the surface to explore its sensitivity to additional biological reactions, and evaluating its reaction to extended ranges of wavelengths of light.

Professor Dr Ralf Hellmann, head of the laboratories for laser technology, opto-electronics and sensors at the University of Applied Sciences at Aschaffenburg, believes there is considerable potential for Stratophase's technology in commercial applications. He said: "A key advantage of the technology is that it is a purely optical process which relies on changes in the refractive index A property of a material that changes the speed of light, computed as the ratio of the speed of light in a vacuum to the speed of light through the material. When light travels at an angle between two different materials, their refractive indices determine the angle of transmission  on the surface of the sensor. This, therefore, eliminates the usual and costly complication with other technologies of preparing the liquid specimen with fluorescent tags. In addition, it has distinct advantages for commercial sensing over technologies such as SPR spr Spring
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 (surface plasmon resonance The excitation of surface plasmons by light is denoted as a surface plasmon resonance (SPR) for planar surfaces or localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) for nanometer-sized metallic structures. ). For example, the silicon surface of the sensor gives access to a far broader range of binding reactions compared to the gold surface used in SPR. Moreover, its use of fibre optics would enable a network of sensors to be built across a production platform with a central point for the analysis of sample readings. With the combination of its high sensitivity, optical transducer transducer, device that accepts an input of energy in one form and produces an output of energy in some other form, with a known, fixed relationship between the input and output.  and size, the Stratophase sensor has significant potential in applications beyond biotechnology."

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