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October 2015
SMS is a EU funded project which will deliver a novel automated networked system that will enable real-time in-situ monitoring of marine water chemical and ecological status in coastal areas by the detection of a series of contaminants.
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SMS shares its expertise with PhD students

Biosensors experts met with PhD students in Roma and Barcelona to exchange and teach about their expertise in terms of biosensor development for water monitoring.

Last spring, SMS organised two training sessions for PhD students on the subject of biosensors for water monitoring. These workshops presented and demonstrated technics and innovation developed by the different SMS partners in order to finalise the water monitoring devices.

The first training took place in March in Barcelona and was led by ICN2 and Microbia Environnement. The SMS partners were also joined by external biosensor experts such as M.Sc. Sascha Geidel from Fraunhofer and from Dr. Robin W. Pittson from GWENT introducing PhD students to the latest innovation in their respective domains. [...]

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SMS's partner won a prize for best poster! 

Marianna Rossetti and the team of the Chemistry Department of the University "Tor Vergata" from Roma won the prize for best poster during the session “Sensor and Biosensor” at the National Congress of Analytical Chemistry in Trieste, Italy. Discover the poster here.

Words of our SMS sensors’ experts on their progress …

After months of work to develop and integrate water monitoring biosensors for marine toxins, biocidal and flame retardant, sulphonamide and toxic algae species, it’s time for our researchers and engineers to discuss their latest progresses....

Read here the intereviews of :

  • Alessandro Porchetta, University of Roma on BIOSENSOR FOR MARINE TOXINS
  • Arben Merkoçi, Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology on BIOSENSOR FOR BIOCIDAL AND FLAME RETARDANT
  • Aziz Amine, University of Mohammedia on ELECTROCHEMICAL SENSOR FOR SULPHONAMIDE
  • Linda Medlin, Microbia Environnement on BIOSENSOR FOR TOXIC ALGAL SPECIES

Our team travels around Europe to present SMS!

While developing this innovative water monitoring system, it’s important that our team spreads the word about our upcoming innovation and how it will facilitate marine data collection, storage and access.
From Copenhagen to Granada, our team is always present when it’s about discussing biosensors development, water monitoring, earth observation, etc… You will find below some of the events our team attended in order to raise awareness about SMS.

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EU Maritime Day: “If our oceans are not healthy, our maritime economy also falls sick"

 “We have in common the conviction that our seas and coasts hold the key to our future” claimed the European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, during the official opening of the European Maritime Day 2015. The event took place in Athens on the 28th and 29th of May. The theme of this annual event was: “Exploring the potential of ports and coasts for Maritime Growth.” Organised by the European Commission in a different European country every year, this event aims at bringing together Europe’s maritime community to discuss some strategic issues. Ports and coasts development is at the core of the European Commission’s objective of Blue Growth Strategy and was therefore this year’s key topic of the plenary sessions, workshops and matchmaking events.

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SMS project is in mourning

It is with a lot of pain that our team learned about the death of our colleague and friend Paolo Massanisso from ENEA.

Dr Paolo Massanisso,  Researcher at ENEA for 18 years, received a PhD in Industrial Chemical Processes in 1996 at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.

On behalf of SMS, the coordinator Prof. Palleschi presents his deepest condolences to the family and friends of Paolo Massanisso.

our partners' work

Everson Thiago, Santos Gerôncio da Silva, Sandrine Miserere, Lauro Tatsuo Kubota & Arben Merkoçi

Annexin-V/quantum dot probes for multimodal apoptosis monitoring in living cells: improving bioanalysis using electrochemistry
Helena Montón, Claudio Parolo, Antonio Aranda-Ramos, Arben Merkoçi & Carme Nogués

In Situ Production of Biofunctionalized Few-Layer Defect-Free Microsheets of Graphene
Alfredo M. Gravagnuolo, Eden Morales-Narváez, Sara Longobardi, Everson T. da Silva, Paola Giardina & Arben Merkoçi

Graphene Quantum Dots-based Photoluminescent Sensor: A Multifunctional Composite for Pesticide Detection.
Zor E, Morales-Narváez E, Zamora-Gálvez A, Bingol H, Ersoz M, Merkoçi A

On-the-Spot Immobilization of Quantum Dots, Graphene Oxide, and Proteins via Hydrophobins
Alfredo M. Gravagnuolo, Eden Morales-Narváez, Charlene Regina Santos Matos, Sara Longobardi, Paola Giardina and Arben Merkoçi




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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 613844

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