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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: ICT-26-2014 | Award Amount: 4.07M | Year: 2015

Legionnaires disease is a serious form of pneumonia caused by bacterium Legionella pneumophila, with a case-fatality ratio on the order of 10-15%. L. pneumophila proliferates in aquatic habitats, especially in potable water, air conditioning, hot and cold water systems, cooling towers, evaporative condensers, spa/natural pools. Actually, its detection and monitoring rely on time-consuming protocols (in the order of several days) based on in-vitro selective bacteria culture methods, performed by highly specialized personnel in dedicated laboratories. POSEIDON project targets to change the approach in bacteriological environmental monitoring and in infection risk management by developing a fully automatic and reliable system. Handling of the air/water sample will be designed and integrated in preconditioning system and microfluidic device through which whole bacteria cells will be transported from the sampling module to the sensing plasmonic surface. The complete measure protocol will be integrated and performed according to EU legislation guidelines. Specificity will be ensured by immuno-functionalization of gratings surfaces and enhanced system sensitivity will be granted by the optimization of the optical detection system architecture. Sensors based on Grating Coupled Surface Plasmon Resonance (GC-SPR) in azimuthally rotating configuration have recently proved sensitivity enhancement up to almost two orders of magnitude. Furthermore, the symmetry breaking related to grating rotation allows exploiting the incident polarization, more easily controlled with respect to incidence wavelength and angles interrogation. The prototype will be designed to be integrated in water distribution or HVAC systems in order to demonstrate its feasibility in industrially relevant fields and to open new applications and new market opportunities. POSEIDON project aims to address new solutions in this relevant health and safety societal challenge.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-IAPP | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2011-IAPP | Award Amount: 777.71K | Year: 2011

The aim of the AD-WINE project is to offer the opportunity for researchers from academic and industrial backgrounds to exchange knowledge and work together, in order to develop a common project in the field of anaerobic digestion and environmental solutions applied to the wine sector. This industry, which processes millions of tons of grapes every year, has consequences on the environment. The nature of the pollution generated by wineries is mainly organic, but mineral residues, earth, grease, detergents and disinfectants, toxic exogenous contaminants located in the grapes are also generated. This project aims to develop an anaerobic treatment system, using high performance digesters adapted to the treatment of medium size wineries effluents. The development of such digesters would help to lower the energy and operation costs of the plant, as well as significantly reducing the production of sludge and residues, and allowing a better valorisation of by-products and biogas. Thanks to the participation and exchange of personnel, the AD-WINE project partners will create an effective network of research and will collaborate in order to study this treatment system and develop a prototype. This will offer wineries an alternative to other current ways of treating water, offering countless environmental and economical advantages, and would allow the wine sector to comply with the legislation and the European objectives in terms of production of renewable energies. By participating in this project, the non-commercial research participants will have the opportunity to give a practical and commercial value to their research, whilst for the participating SME, it is the chance to gain knowledge on cutting edge technology and to develop innovative products, enhancing its growth and expansion prospects.

Gilio A.,Applicate
International Journal of Approximate Reasoning | Year: 2012

In this paper we first recall some notions and results on the coherence-based probabilistic treatment of uncertainty. Then, we deepen some probabilistic aspects in nonmonotonic reasoning, by generalizing OR, CM, and Cut rules. We also illustrate the degradation of these inference rules when the number of premises increases. Finally, we show that the lower bounds obtained when applying OR and Quasi-Conjunction inference rules coincide, respectively, with Hamacher and Lukasiewicz t-norms; the upper bounds in both rules coincide with Hamacher t-conorm. © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All right reserved.

Infrared heater appliance with airtight chamber, comprising a bulb housed in a shell (2) constituted by a cap (3) and a closure lid (4), wherein a safety valve (10) is provided, mounted on said cap (3), suitable for discharging externally the overpressure that may be caused in said airtight chamber due to the heat generated by said infrared bulb.

Applicate | Date: 2015-04-01

A post (10) for making barriers for delimiting spaces, comprising a tubular support (12) with a shaped base plate (13) for the attachment to the floor or to a platform, a main profile (20) able to be inserted on the tubular support and blocked thereto, and auxiliary profiles (21) able to be applied and fixed to the main profile (20) thus determining with it and between them vertical seats (40) able to house the edge of a glass panel (50).

A description is given of a modular screen element (1) for a modular structure for defining outside spaces, comprising a lower base element (2) and an upper element (3), each one constituted by a respective frame (4, 6) enclosing a corresponding panel (5, 7), the frame (20) of the upper element (3) being housed in seats (13) of the frame (10) of the lower element (2), so as to be able to slide vertically with the aid of electromechanical actuation means (30, 31, 32, 33, 33, 34).

An infrared heater appliance with airtight chamber, includes a bulb housed in a shell (2) constituted by a cap (3) and a closure lid (4), wherein a safety valve (10) is provided, mounted on the cap (3), suitable for discharging externally the overpressure that may be caused in the airtight chamber due to the heat generated by the infrared bulb.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: SME-1 | Phase: DRS-17-2014-1 | Award Amount: 71.43K | Year: 2015

SENEX Project aims at the industrialization of an innovative table top explosive trace detector that exhibits remarkable and competitive performances in sensitivity and specificity, besides a compact and low-cost architecture. The SENEX device is based on surface plasmonic resonance phenomenon and it fills the growing need of security professionals to have the ability to detect a wide range of explosive substances and to be able to adapt as threats and their needs change. By the use of an innovative automatic microelectronic system based on nano-structured sensors, SENEX system is capable of continuously detecting and identifying explosives during a single analysis, while maintaining high sensitivity. SENEX device has the potential to satisfy all the requirements for the trace detection of explosives because it can overcome all the technical and commercial barriers connected to use of conventional sensors based techniques: Ion Mobility Spectrometry, Gas Chromatography, Computer Tomography, Colorimetry and Chemi-Luminescence. Most of the existing devices are bulky, expensive and require long lasting procedures and complex training activities in the start-up phase. SENEX technology first key market application is transportation security in airports and harbours to detect explosives, weapons, and illegal items in baggage or on passengers, airports threat areas are; another key market application is the freight terminal sectors where currently security explosive controls are often lacking.

Applicate | Date: 2011-12-14

A description is given of a modular screen member (1) for a sectional structure for demarcation of outside spaces, comprising a base element (2) and an upper element (3), each one made up of a respective frame (4, 6) enclosing a corresponding panel (5, 7), the frame (20) of the upper element being housed in seats (13) of the frame (10) of the lower element, so as to be able to slide vertically with the aid of or in contrast with gas springs (30) housed in said seats (13).

The present invention relates, in one aspect, to the use as dermal filler of a cross-linked biopolymer compatible with the tissues of the human organism based on hyaluronic acid cross-linked with urea. The biopolymer of hyaluronic acid and urea may be applied or injected in a soft tissue of human body for tissue augmentation.

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