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The project IM-Milk will deliver innovative microsystems for the rapid, selective and sensitive detection of Escherichia coli in raw milk, providing both a case study for foodborne pathogen detection and an indicator for the hygiene level in food/beverage safety.
Lengthy microbiological analysis are a draw back in quality control, quality assurance and production management of the food industry. IM-Milk will combine cutting edge technology in microelectrodes fabrication, microfluidics, surface bio-functionalization and cell manipulation.

Goals: 
The project IM-Milk aims to the development of microbiology sensors based on impedance spectroscopy for the early detection of E.coli in milk. The microfluidics will provide sample preparation and a platform for the selective tagging of the target bacteria with bio-functionalised nano-beads. Cell manipulation via dielectrophoresis and magnetic fields will assist in an optimal capture and positioning of the cells onto the sensing element. The sensor prototype will be validated on site in a dairy industry.
Date: 
Saturday, 1 September, 2012
Duration: 
24 months
Partners: 
  • Fondazione Bruno Kessler: BioMEMS and Bio-Sint
  • Concast
  • Università di Messina
  • Funding: 
    Cofund RESTATE: a joined effort between FBK and Marie Curie Action
    Unit role: 

    The BioMEMS group contribution will cover the main aspects of design and fabrication of the electrodes as well as the integrated microfluidic. It will be the main actor in the magnetic and dielectrophoretic cells capture and in the integration of the different components, subsequent testing, optimisation and characterisation. The BioMEMS group will also coordinate the dissemination and exploitation of the system.

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