DIRAC

rapid screening and identification of illegal Drugs by IR Absorption spectroscopy and gas Chromatography

 Coordinatore CONSORZIO CREO-CENTRO RICERCHE ELETTRO OTTICHE 

 Organization address address: SS 17 LOCALITA BOSCHETTO
city: L AQUILA
postcode: 67100

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Sandro
Cognome: Mengali
Email: send email
Telefono: +39 0862 346210
Fax: +39 0862 346201

 Nazionalità Coordinatore Italy [IT]
 Totale costo 4˙256˙570 €
 EC contributo 2˙985˙507 €
 Programma FP7-SECURITY
Specific Programme "Cooperation": Security
 Code Call FP7-SEC-2009-1
 Funding Scheme CP
 Anno di inizio 2010
 Periodo (anno-mese-giorno) 2010-06-01   -   2014-03-31

 Partecipanti

# participant  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    CONSORZIO CREO-CENTRO RICERCHE ELETTRO OTTICHE

 Organization address address: SS 17 LOCALITA BOSCHETTO
city: L AQUILA
postcode: 67100

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Sandro
Cognome: Mengali
Email: send email
Telefono: +39 0862 346210
Fax: +39 0862 346201

IT (L AQUILA) coordinator 647˙832.00
2    FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V

 Organization address address: Hansastrasse 27C
city: MUENCHEN
postcode: 80686

contact info
Nome: Maximilian
Cognome: Steiert
Email: send email
Telefono: 498912000000
Fax: 498912000000

DE (MUENCHEN) participant 472˙875.00
3    CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

 Organization address address: Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
city: ROMA
postcode: 185

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Nicoletta
Cognome: Randi
Email: send email
Telefono: +39 0516399138
Fax: +39 0516399216

IT (ROMA) participant 389˙100.00
4    AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH

 Organization address address: WILLY MESSERSCHMITT STRASSE 1
city: OTTOBRUNN
postcode: 85521

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Peter
Cognome: Lilischkis
Email: send email
Telefono: 498961000000
Fax: 498961000000

DE (OTTOBRUNN) participant 349˙500.00
5    UNIVERSITE DE LAUSANNE

 Organization address city: LAUSANNE
postcode: 1015

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Pierre
Cognome: Esseiva
Email: send email
Telefono: 41216924652
Fax: 41216924605

CH (LAUSANNE) participant 324˙000.00
6    UNIVERSITATEA DUNAREA DE JOS DIN GALATI

 Organization address address: Domneasca Street 47
city: GALATI
postcode: 800008

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Mirela
Cognome: Praisler
Email: send email
Telefono: 40722995869
Fax: 40236461353

RO (GALATI) participant 272˙700.00
7    SELEX ES SPA

 Organization address address: VIA PIEMONTE 60
city: ROMA
postcode: 187

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Giuseppe
Cognome: Scamarcio
Email: send email
Telefono: +39 06 4150 5734

IT (ROMA) participant 220˙200.00
8    CONSORZIO INTERUNIVERSITARIO NAZIONALE PER LA SCIENZA E TECNOLOGIA DEI MATERIALI

 Organization address address: Via Giusti 9
city: FIRENZE
postcode: 50121

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Daniele
Cognome: Consigli
Email: send email
Telefono: 390552000000
Fax: 390552000000

IT (FIRENZE) participant 176˙000.80
9    DE FEDERALE OVERHEIDSDIENST JUSTITIE - LE SERVICE PUBLIC FEDERAL JUSTICE

 Organization address address: WATERLOOLAAN 115
city: BRUSSELS
postcode: 1000

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Crista
Cognome: Van Haeren
Email: send email
Telefono: 3222400481
Fax: 3222434608

BE (BRUSSELS) participant 77˙580.00
10    NATIONAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION

 Organization address address: JOKINIEMENKUJA 4
city: Vantaa
postcode: 1370

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Laura
Cognome: Aalberg
Email: send email
Telefono: 358719000000
Fax: 358719000000

FI (Vantaa) participant 55˙719.92
11    ELSAG DATAMAT S.P.A.

 Organization address address: Via Puccini Giacomo 2
city: GENOVA
postcode: 16154

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Stefano
Cognome: Pasquariello
Email: send email
Telefono: 390650000000
Fax: 390650000000

IT (GENOVA) participant 0.00
12    SELEX SISTEMI INTEGRATI SPA

 Organization address address: VIA TIBURTINA 1231
city: ROMA
postcode: 131

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Curzio
Cognome: Batini
Email: send email
Telefono: +39 0650272605

IT (ROMA) participant 0.00

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 Obiettivo del progetto (Objective)

'The goal of this project is to develop an advanced sensor system, that combines miniaturized Gas Chromatography (GC) as its key chemical separation tool, and Hollow-Fiber-based Infra Red Absorption Spectroscopy (HF-IRAS) as its key analytical tool to recognize and detect illicit drugs, key precursors and potential derivatives. The DIRAC sensor will be developed to: 1) be used on the field primarily by customs officers for controls at the EU external frontiers and by law enforcement personnel for intra-Community checks as a rugged and hand-portable unit; 2) perform rapid detection of key chemicals; 3) reject interferents with minimal false positive alarm rate; 4) perform advanced data analyses such as similarity evaluation between the chemical structure of the unknown sample with that of controlled/illicit substances. Currently, GC-IRAS (through FTIR implementation) is, together with GC-MS (Mass Spectrometry), the most powerful technique for the identification and quantification of amphetamines. However, so far GC-IRAS has been implemented only as bench-top instrumentation for forensic applications and bulk analysis down to milli- and micro-gram quantities. In DIRAC, the use of silicon-micromachined GC columns, solid state lasers, and hollow fibres IR, will allow to develop a GC-IRAS sensor that features hand-portability and prompt response –for field operation– and is capable to perform both bulk analysis and trace analysis with nano-gram sensitivity. The DIRAC sensor will further feature a) an advanced sampling device, that separates the analyte from larger amounts of interfering materials (dust, skin particles) by electrostatic charging; and, b), an advanced silicon micro-machined pre-concentration device, capable to treat sequentially both volatile ATS substances and non volatile ammonium salts of the amphetamines. The main output of the DIRAC project will be a fully functional sensor prototype from sampling to read out.'

Introduzione (Teaser)

A recently completed EU project has developed portable prototype devices for rapid screening and detection of illegal drugs and their precursors.

Descrizione progetto (Article)

Accurate detection of illegal drugs, such as amphetamines, has relied on laboratory instruments, while portable sensors have been prone to false alarms and contamination. A more reliable hand-held detection unit with reduced false alarm rates and rapid response time is needed to prevent drug trafficking.

The EU-funded http://www.fp7-dirac.eu/ (DIRAC) project aimed to develop a portable tool that can rapidly identify illegal drugs, as well as their precursors and derivatives. Three prototypes were tested with various drugs, precursors and derivatives, and showed high sensitivity and overall excellent ability to identify these compounds.

Test outcomes showed that the sensor enables the handling, separation and examination of samples. It can also distinguish between a number of compounds, and detection is not compromised by humidity or the presence of other chemicals.

It will be possible to use the completed DIRAC sensor as a portable device, which will be able to analyse and detect both bulk and trace materials. In addition, it will deliver drug detection in approximately two minutes, and specific drug identification in about five minutes.

The three prototypes created were an identification unit, a salts detector and a vapour detector. These could feasibly be combined into a single device as part of a future project.

A final demonstration took place in 2014 at Brussels Airport's goods and customs area. This device provides the most accurate detection and analysis of illegal drug precursors currently available.

The fully functioning prototype sensor should prove invaluable for law enforcement and customs organisations in their fight against illicit drug production, trafficking and street distribution.

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