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Valorization trajectory of a 3D particle image velocimetry instrument

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Project "3D-PIV" data sheet

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Organization address
address: PLEINLAAN 2
postcode: 1050

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 Coordinator Country Belgium [BE]
 Total cost 0 €
 EC max contribution 150˙000 € (0%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2019-PoC
 Funding Scheme ERC-POC-LS
 Starting year 2020
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2020-01-01   to  2021-06-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL BE (BRUSSEL) coordinator 150˙000.00


 Project objective

Actual implementation of impactful applications for microfluidic devices in a commercial setting has been surprisingly limited so far. The cause can be to a great extent attributed to the main feature of microfluidic devices: their small dimensions. While miniaturized structures are essential in generating key functionalities, they are also ideal nucleation and anchor sites for solid material present in the liquid that flows through the channels, a phenomenon called fouling. This subsequently results in a reduced or loss of functionality and eventually plugging of the entire flow system. The solution to avoiding fouling is measuring the flow in microfluidic devices in 3D, by particle image velocimetry (PIV), either when designing or using them. However, achieving 3D imaging of flows is currently an extremely difficult task due to the amount of work, high costs and lengthy timelines required. Our value proposition in the ERC Proof of Concept project ‘3D-PIV’ is a table-top device able to efficiently analyse the velocimetry of particles in 3D, offering an unprecedented level of detail of the fluid motion through micron-sized channels/inlets/outlets, opening new possibilities in microfluidics design and validation with significant impact on multiple applications. One of the killer applications we envision, and our focus in this ERC Proof of Concept project, is in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries, for the manufacturing of drugs or chemical components, to enable, adjust or improve their separation. In this project we will focus on building a strong business case for our 3D-PIV technology through prototyping, optimizing software, market analysis and business development.

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