Catalogue of Environmental Research Expertise in Ireland

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Researcher Contact Details

Research Title: Mr.

Contact First Name: Fin

Contact Surname: Murray

Contact Address:

Nibbus Centre CIT Cork

Telephone Contact Number: +353 866063606

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Organisation Details

Organisation Type: Research Institute

Higher Education Organisation Name: Cork Institute of Technology

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Organisation or Individual Expertise:
Water Systems across the world are increasingly exposed to contamination from industrial, pharmaceutical, agricultural and natural origins. Monitoring of water quality presents a complicated multi faceted problem extending from surveillance monitoring of source waters to operational monitoring of waste waters to the management of clean waters all the way to the tap. The aim of the Hydrolight project is to look at Raman sensing deployed in a micro environment and its potential use as part of a real time water analysis and contamination detection platform. The research investigates a holistic view of what’s needed for Raman sensing to work in the field and in situ. This includes engineering aspects, software aspects as well as environmental aspects and the contaminants that need to be focused on for detection. It also looks at potential deployment and how mobile and sensor platforms can fit into the vast structures that manage water systems today. Raman spectroscopy is a method whereby the molecular structure of a target analyte can be probed and identified by scattering of monochromatic light. The integration of high efficiency Raman spectroscopy in a microenvironment has the potential to move the technique from expensive lab based units to the field as a mobile real time analysis solution and ultimately to a sensor platform as an in-situ detection and analysis tool. The technology concept represents a new approach to exploit the potential of Raman Spectroscopy which is highly efficient and offers significant potential for reducing water testing costs and for providing early detection of contaminations in water systems. The platform needed is highly integrated which means that for Raman to be made mobile and capable of being deployed in situ that all aspects of the platform need to work. Hence the multi disciplinary research approach which looks at environmental impact, physics impact, biology, engineering and IT impact. With water resource management having such a high priority and contamination of water resources being a fact of life, solutions for early detection will serve to create a better cleaner environment, protect public health and reduce significantly costs associated with traditional water analysis/detection and clean up after a contamination event.

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
sensors microfluidics physics detection contamination realtime in situ technology engineering microchip water

National Research Funding

EPA Research Programme

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas:

 EPA Water Research Pillar
 Sustainable Environment Research
 Climate Change Research
 Green Enterprise Research

Involvement in Relevant National Expert Groups

EU Research Partnerships

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas of EU Research Partnerships:

Climate Change

Interests indicated in the Climate Change Joint Programming Initiative

 Researching Climate Service Development and Deployment

 Sustainable Transformations of Society in the Face of Climate Change

 Improving Tools for Decision-Making under Climate Change

 Moving towards Reliable Decadal Climate Predictions

Relevant information in relation to Participation relevant experts groups

No information specified

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

No information specified


Interests indicated in the Water Joint Programming Initiative

 Maintaining Ecosystem Sustainability

 Developing safe water systems for the citizens

 Implementing a water-wise bio-based economy

 Promoting competitiveness in the water industry

 Closing the water cycle gap

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

Experience of participation in expert groups in this area

Any relevant information in relation to Participation in WssTP or other relevant experts groups

Involvement in EU-funded research projects

Other areas of expertise:

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 website

Challenge 5 (Climate Action, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials)

This researcher or research organisation has outlined their interests in Challenge 5 as follows:

Sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems

 Developing integrated approaches for the sustainable management of water-related challenges

 Further our understanding of biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems, their interactions with social systems and their role in sustaining the economy and human wellbeing

 Provide knowledge and tools for effective decision making and public engagement policies

Global environmental observation and information systems

Interest indicated in this area

Focus Areas

 Smart cities and communities

 Mobility for growth

 Water innovation: boosting its value for Europe

 Disaster-resilience: safeguarding and securing society, including adapting to climate change

Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas

This researcher/organisation has interest(s) in Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas as outlined as follows

None specified.

Expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting Areas

This researcher has indicated interest(s) and expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting areas as follows:

No cross-cutting areas specified

Details of Participation in European Innovation Partnerships and European Technology Platforms:

The details of any ETPs or EIP this researcher/organisation have participated in or are currently participating in is outlined as follows.

No participation information provided.

Relevant EU Research Experience

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Involvement in EU-funded research projects: Please outline details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation was involved in.

LIFE and COST Actions

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 Environmental Governance and Information

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