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  1. Shtenberg Giorgi e-mail Team: Dr. Shlomo Blum, Prof. Daniel Elad
    Novel miniaturized optical sensing platform for rapid detection and characterization of botulinum toxin
    The overall goal of this project is to develop a generic integrated biosensing platform for the detection of botulinum neurotoxins (BoNT) by assessing the toxin’s type and its activity. We plan to design and fabricate a self-reporting lab-on-chip platform, based on optical transduction, that evaluates in real-time the presence and the activity state of these toxins and deduces the source of the animal’s disease. Thus, potentially allowing for rapid, sensitive and specific analysis with respect to the gold standard method – the mouse lethality assay. The biosensing platform will be based on a microfluidics device, incorporating a nanostructured porous Si scaffold and specific robust capture probes offering increased sensitivity for the target analyte. BoNT C1 and BoNT D, the two most prevalent serotypes of botulinum toxin in farm animals (e.g., ruminants and poultry), are selected as the relevant model molecules/targets for detection and characterization.
  2. Shtenberg Giorgi e-mail Team:Dr. Ran Suckeveriene
    Development of a novel portable high-end sensing platform for on-site detection of heavy metals, organic residues and acidity level
    The proposed research is designed as a response to the important challenge of real-time monitoring of water pollutants by developing an integrated single-device architecture for multiplex pollutants detection. Aquifers, lakes, rivers, oceans, groundwater and reservoirs are commonly polluted by leaching industrial and consumer wastages, inducing threatening environmental and human health risk impacts. Environmental authorities are constantly monitoring water quality by a range of chemical and biological methods to ensure safe and secure water composition. Although the high precision, these methods possess major on-site limitation revealing their inadequacy for real-time analysis. Herein we propose to design and construct a generic integrated biosensing platform for on-site simultaneous detection and quantification of several pollutants i.e., heavy metals, organic residues and the overall acidity, within water reservoirs used for irrigation. We plan to design and fabricate a self-reporti
  3. Shtenberg Giorgi e-mail Team: Prof. Minteer
    Optical and Electrochemical Combined Biosensing Method for Rapid Trace Heavy Metal Detection
    Herein we propose to develop a generic integrated biosensing platform for on-site detection and quantification of heavy metal pollutants in aqueous solutions, specifically for three model ions of arsenic, lead and copper. We plan to design and fabricate a self-reporting lab-on-chip device, based on dual-detection-modes (optical and electrochemical) that evaluates in real-time the presence of trace levels of metallic pollutants and the overall safety of water samples. The biosensing platform will be based on a microfluidics device, incorporating multilayer porous Si scaffold and nanostructured sensing electrodes impregnated within discrete microchannels offering induced sensitivity for multi-analytes detection by optical and electrochemical transduction, respectively. The pioneering biosensing architecture will allow sensitive, label-free and rapid analysis of real water samples, outside laboratory boundaries, using a simple and portable device. Moreover, the simultaneous analysis for e
  4. Shtenberg Giorgi e-mail Team:Dr. Chaitanyakumar Desitti
    Real-Time Mycotoxins Detection based on Novel Optical Platform
    The overall aim of this project to develop an economical, portable, specific, rapid and high precision biosensing platform for the in-situ detection of aflatoxins obtained from diverse sources. We plan to design and fabricate a sophisticated lab-on-chip device, based on dual mode detection that evaluates in real-time the presence of A. flavus and A. parasiticus by reflective intensity and their secreted toxic products (i.e., aflatoxins) by EOT. The biosensing platform will combine feasible sensing means, PSi scaffold containing robust bioprobes for simultaneous detection of fungi and aflatoxins.
  5. Shtenberg Giorgi e-mail Team:Ms. Nofar Pinker
    Real-Time Detection of Subclinical Mastitis in Dairy Cow
    The suggested research specifically addresses a major source of economic loss of the dairy industry, the bovine mastitis. Our proposed multidisciplinary approach is based on an innovative combination of new nanomaterials with sensitive and robust capture probes to build an integrated “lab-on-chip” platform based on label-free biosensor for early detection of subclinical mastitis in dairy cattle. The system will allow sensitive and rapid analysis of “real” milk samples, outside laboratory boundaries, using a simple and portable device.
  6. Vitoshkin Helena e-mail Team: Dr. Meir Teitel, Dr. Josef Tanny
    Developing a methodology for characterizing wind forces on screen houses
    The use of nets and screens to cover orchards and banana plantations expanded much during the last decade since the nets protect the trees from excessive radiation, strong winds, hail and insects and can significantly reduce the water consumption of trees. The nets are usually stretched above the trees and are fixed to the supporting poles by cables that run all along the net circumference. Our study focuses on measurements of wind speed in open field, evaluation the flow through different net types in wind tunnel, and numerical simulations (CFD) in order to calculate the forces acting on the net due to the wind.
  7. Vitoshkin Helena e-mail Team: Dr. Gur Mittelman (ARO), Prof.Avi Kribus (TAU)
    Open Field Agrivoltaics with Solar Spectral Beam Splitting
    Solar electricity generation with photovoltaics (PV) is already a worldwide mature market. However, the low conversion efficiency results in large land requirements which limits the deployment especially in open areas where the solar resource is greatly utilized for agriculture (food or energy crops), or where cropping land is scarce. Consequently, integrating PV in open field crops (‘agrivoltaics’) has been recently emerged as a fast growing research area with the first agrivoltaic farm built in 2011. In this project, we develop a simple, solid state design of solar spectral beam splitting (a collector) for open field crops that allows a simultaneous production of biomass and electricity.
  8. Vitoshkin Helena e-mail Team: Dr. Beni Lew
    Greenhouse drainage water treatment with innovative solar system
    Drainage water include contaminants such as pathogens and chemicals which must be removed in order to avoid a negative environmental impact and, to allow re-circulation. We are developing an effective water treatment process based on innovative solar energy conversion system. The study involves both experimental and analytical work.
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