Partnering opportunity

Fast method for determination of metal concentration in water.

Summary

A Romanian research institute, specialized in the research and development of new methods in the analytical chemistry field, has developed a timesaving method for metals determination in water, with useful applications in the water treatment field. Currently, the method is under development/ lab testing. The institute is looking for partners such as environmental and chemical SMEs and large companies to conclude commercial agreements with technical assistance.

Partner sought

Type of partner sought: SMEs and large companies active in the environmental and chemical field. Under the commercial agreement with technical assistance, the sought partners should implement the method for metal concentration determination in water, using appropriate types of equipment and qualified personnel. The Romanian Institute will support the partner with technical consultancy regarding the use of appropriate equipment, as well as with the know-how transfer of the method and staff training.

Description

A Romanian national research institute is specialized in the application of analytical chemistry in three main directions: Environment and Health, Instrumental Analytical Chemistry, Bioenergy and Biofuels. The institute has a remarkable endowment that allows approaching projects from research to stage prototype realization and technology transfer. The heavy metals contamination in water is one of the major pollution problems. The slow assimilation of these substances affects people’s health, producing chronic changes in the physiological systems. In drinking water, heavy metals can go through household facilities, and their presence in high concentrations can seriously harm health. Some heavy metals are indispensable for a living, but in high concentrations, they can become toxic (eg. copper, zinc, manganese, iron). Other heavy metals like cadmium, mercury, lead, and chromium are toxic regardless of the quantity. The most common heavy metals that affect the health of the human body are lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, and iron. Therefore, monitoring the quality of water is essential as it is constantly used by the population. Thus, the Romanian research institute has developed a method for metal concentration determination in water that is fast and exhaustive, offering information about most of the chemical composition of a sample. This approach saves time and reagents, while still allowing a complete characterization, from the elemental concentration standpoint. The method can be used by commercial laboratories or research facilities to asses a sample before deciding the next step in the analysis workflow, or to characterize an unknown sample and provide insights into its nature. The Romanian research institute is looking for partners abroad such as environmental and chemical SMEs or large companies, under commercial agreements with technical assistance (engineering and technical assistance) in the use of appropriate equipment and/or its purchase as well as with the know-how transfer of the method and staff training.

Advantages and innovations

The developed method advantages include: - Low reagents usage, no need for single or multi-element standards containing every element needed to be determined; - Short analysis time (usually less than 3 minutes per sample); - Over 65 elements determined in a single run; - Low detection limit (less than one part per billion level for most of the elements); - Several orders of magnitude concentration range (no need for sample dilution). Regarding its innovative character, the method offers: - Tuning the detector calibration routines to fit the needs of water samples analysis; - Obtaining an updated response factor by using an appropriate multi-element calibration standard solution.

Development stage

Under development/lab tested

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted


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