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Optiqua-NTU partnership to develop next-generation sensor technology
Date:2/15/2011

To enhance its contaminant-detection capability, Optiqua Technologies Pte Ltd is collaborating with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to tap on its expertise in biomolecular sciences and sensor technology.

Optiqua, a subsidiary of Dutch optical sensor company Optisense, provides the international water industry with innovative products that offer high quality monitoring applications for the detection of contaminants in water. The sensor technology company aims to develop in Singapore the next-generation version of its optical sensor that can be used to detect specific target substances in water, and for medical diagnostics applications.

This is where NTU's Centre for Biomimetic Sensor Science (CBSS), with its research and development expertise in sensor science, comes into the picture. The centre, which specialises in biosensing technology, develops biosensors that can detect molecules in small amounts of blood, or pick out traces of toxins and harmful agents in water. This has potential applications in biomedical research, food production and homeland security.

The collaborative research will be supervised and coordinated by Professor Bo Liedberg and Assistant Professor Zhang Hua, who will be the principal investigator and co-investigator respectively.

Professor Liedberg, a visiting professor at NTU's School of Materials Science and Engineering, has produced cutting-edge work at the interface between nanomaterials and biomolecular science, and its application as optical biosensors. His research is primarily devoted to soft materials science, including surface chemistry, self-assembly, supramolecular chemistry and biomimetics. A significant portion of his work is devoted to applications in biology and medicine, for example in biosensing and molecular recognition, and the development of novel transduction principles for biochemical/biological sensing and biomedical diagnostics.

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Contact: Melchior van Wijlen
melchior.van.wijlen@optiqua.com
Nanyang Technological University
Source:Eurekalert

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