A consortium led by the Finnish Institute for Verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention (VERIFIN) of the Chemistry Department of the University of Helsinki has been awarded a 3.9 M€ grant the EU’s Horizon 2020 Future Emerging Technologies (FET Open) call (cut-off date: 18 September 2019). This call had a total of ~450 proposals, of which 49 got funded. FET Open supports the early-stages of the science and technology research and innovation around new ideas towards radically new future technologies.
The consortium behind the project GIDPROvis (Gas Ion Distillation and Sequential Ion Processing Technologies for Identification and Visualization of Chemicals in Airborne Vapors) consists of the following partners: VERIFIN – University of Helsinki (FI, Coordinator), Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universitaet Hannover (DE), Airsense Analytics GmbH (DE), ATOS SPAIN SA (ES), National Technical University of Athens (EL), T4i Engineering (EL) and Karsa Oy (FI).
This is the first time Karsa Oy participates in a Horizon 2020 project. The three-year project started on October 1, 2020 and Karsa will contribute with its expertise in mass spectrometry, chemical ionization and is leading the work package to test the devices under real world conditions.
In GIDPROvis, two original breakthrough technologies – Gas Ion Distillation (GID) and Sequential Ion Processing (PRO) – provide live visualization (vis) of volatile chemicals in ambient environments giving humans access to a molecular world heretofore unseen. Molecular auras in GIDPROvis are delivered by small, portable GIDPRO analyzers based on high speed separation of ions derived from individual chemicals and their identification using an emerging generation of ion analyzers. While GIDPROvis is principally technology driven, aspects of emotional responses of humans to massive access to chemical information, impacts from these perceptions and human psychology will be explored in simulated, controlled visual experiences of chemical auras. Our aim is to launch a fourth generation of methodology for chemical analysis aligned intrinsically to 5G and IoT communication with miniaturized, ultra-low detection level, live data analyzers to detect and identify chemicals in complex matrices.