Horizon 2020 Future Emerging Technologies grant awarded to University of Helsinki for the first time

Novel detector technology to be developed by consortium led by VERIFIN


A consortium led by the Finnish Institute for Verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention (VERIFIN) of the Chemistry Department of the University of Helsinki has been awarded a 3.9 M€ grant the EU’s Horizon 2020 Future Emerging Technologies (FET Open) call (cut-off date: 18 September 2019). The HY budget of the project is 1.4 M€. This call had a total of ~450 proposals, of which 49 got funded. FET Open supports the early-stages of the science and technology research and innovation around new ideas towards radically new future technologies.

The consortium behind the project GIDPROvis (Gas Ion Distillation and Sequential Ion Processing Technologies for Identification and Visualization of Chemicals in Airborne Vapors) consists of the following partners: VERIFIN - University of Helsinki (FI, Coordinator), Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universitaet Hannover (DE), Airsense Analytics GmbH (DE), KARSA OY (FI), ATOS SPAIN SA (ES), National Technical University of Athens (EL), and T4i Engineering (EL).

This is the first time for the University of Helsinki to receive this highly competitive funding. The three-year project will begin in October 2020. Professor Gary Eiceman, a world leader in development of ion mobility technology, will join the VERIFIN team during the highly anticipated project.

In GIDPROvis, two original breakthrough technologies - Gas Ion Distillation (GID) and Sequential Ion Processing (PRO) - provide live visualization (vis) of volatile chemicals in ambient environments giving humans access to a molecular world heretofore unseen. Molecular auras in GIDPROvis are delivered by small, portable GIDPRO analyzers based on high speed separation of ions derived from individual chemicals and their identification using an emerging generation of ion analyzers. While GIDPROvis is principally technology driven, aspects of emotional responses of humans to massive access to chemical information, impacts from these perceptions and human psychology will be explored in simulated, controlled visual experiences of chemical auras. Our aim is to launch a fourth generation of methodology for chemical analysis aligned intrinsically to 5G and IoT communication with miniaturized, ultra-low detection level, live data analyzers to detect and identify chemicals in complex matrices.

For further information, please contact:

Prof. Paula Vanninen, Project Coordinator, (paula.vanninen@helsinki.fi, +358 2941 50444)

Dr. Hanna Hakulinen, Project Secretary, (hanna.hakulinen@helsinki.fi, +358 5037 67914)