at the interface of nanotechnology and life sciences


Rapid detection of antibiotics in milk products using photonic sensors.

The dairy industry is very interested in the development of a rapid, easy and cost-effective method to detect contamination such as antibiotics and bacteria in milk products and baby food. Current methods are expensive, time- and labor-consuming, and it takes hours to days before a reliable result is obtained.

In collaboration with a number of SMEs and other partners, the objective is to develop a portable demonstrator that enables rapid, easy, multiplexed detection of antibiotics, such as tetracycline in milk, based on a multi-channel photonic

sensor principle. This will be achieved by the integration of existing innovative technologies such as lab-on-a-chip, microfluidics, inkjet printing and integrated photonics sensors. 

This demonstrator will be a first step towards a handheld device that can be used for detection on site, such as on the farm and the milk factories. 

Time period: April 2020 - April 2022
Projectleader: Aurel Ymeti
Funding: SIA RAAK-MKB,