Vapour detection, area reduction in demining

Brief Summary:

The BIOSENS project developed a prototype explosive detection system targeted towards the detection of explosive from anti-personnel landmines (APLs). The system employs a unique weight loss quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) with antibodies and antigens technology suitable for deployment in the field by non-technical staff. The system consists of two units: a sample collector and an analysis system (which is itself comprised of an analysis unit, the sensor cell and the operating software) for explosive detection. The technology demonstrated high levels of selectivity and sensitivity.  The technological development and testing was supported by considerable field testing in Croatia.

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Project details:

Framework Programme 5
1 January 2001 – 31 December 2003
Budget:  € 3.978.947,00


Published Articles:

  • Crabbe, L. Eng, P. Gardhagen, A. Berg, “Detection of explosive as an indicator of landmines – BIOSENSproject methodology and field tests in South East Europe” >> Download
  • Crabbe, C. Bruschini, H.Sahli, “Catalogue of advanced technologies and systems for humanitarian demining” >> Download
  • Crabbe, J.Sachs, G.Alli, P.Peyerl, L.Eng, M.Khalili, J.Busto and A. Berg; “Results of field testing with the multi-sensor DEMANDand BIOSENS technology in Croatia and Bosnia developed in the European Union’s 5th Framework Programme”; Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets IX; R.S. Harmon, J.T. Broach, J. H. Holloway, Jr. (Eds.) Volume I, p.456- 468, SPIE 2004. >> Download