Integrated SYsteM based on PHOtonic Microresonators and Microfluidic Components for rapid detectioN of toxins in milk and dairY products
Abstract: The SYMPHONY project aims to deliver the integration of heterogeneous technologies, encompassing photonics, microfluidics and system integration, in a miniaturised smart system that will perform low cost label free detection of contaminants in milk and prevent infection of dairy products. In our strategy the following key enabling technologies will converge:
- microfluidic technologies and biochemistry, to provide a miniaturised device capable of sample purification and pre-concentration by using the selectivity of aptamers and antibodies;
- photonic micro ring resonators and asymmetric Mach-Zehnder interferometers integrated in microsystem technologies, for highly sensitive detection;
- compact hardware for the integration in the production chain and communication interfaces compatible with the information system of the industry.
The main goal is to produce an automated sampling and analysis system to be used in Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP). In particular, milk and dairy products can be contaminated by aflatoxin M1, a potent carcinogen. The aflatoxin contamination represents a hazard for human health and an economic loss for the dairy industry. The solutions developed by the project aims to overcome the limitation of the available technology for aflatoxin detection, which fails to provide timely identification of the carcinogen and cost-effective management of contaminated milk. The Symphony system will represent a breakthrough for the dairy industry, leading toward precision process management. The smart system will be assessed on site and end-users will be involved in the evaluation of technical results, thus creating a close collaboration between SMEs who supply sensors, systems and microsystems, and to improve the exploitation of MNBS in industrial settings.