Healthy cooking with inexpensive gas sensors: SCIENION and the COLODOR consortium announce the development of sensors for the detection of toxic volatile organic compounds in modern cooking equipment

SCIENION AG today announced its first steps into direct marketing of consumer products. SCIENION, with four other partners, are developing technology for inexpensive sensing of toxic compounds in the gasphases of airfryers and other frying systems to enable healthy cooking. This project entitled COLODOR “Integrated-optical detection of volatile organic compounds using functional polymer coatings” is funded by M-ERA-NET. Cooperation partners include AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Vienna, Austria, Fraunhofer Research Institution for Microsystems and Solid State Technologies EMFT, Regensburg, Germany, SCIENION AG, Berlin, Germany, ams AG, Unterpremstaetten, Austria, and Philips Austria GmbH, Klagenfurt, Austria.

Berlin and Dortmund, Germany, May 22, 2017: Quantitative analysis of volatile organic compounds (VOC) is important for a great variety of applications in consumer health and environment protection. It plays a crucial role in the food industry as frying may cause the release of toxic degradation products. For toxic VOC detection, COLODOR utilizes optical multi-parameter gas sensors. The project objective is the detection of VOCs during hot air cooking as used in modern airfryer cooking equipment. Real-time detection of VOCs will allow optimizing the cooking process to avoid toxic products and at the same time reducing the fat content of the food. Thus, the project will contribute to healthier food preparation and improved consumer well-being.

“Integrating the expertise of two renowned research institutions and three leading industry players – all of them specialists in different fields – offer the best conditions to make this project successful”, says Holger Eickhoff, CEO of SCIENION AG. “It allows for cross innovation at its best. We are really excited to enter a new territory and to take part in this ambitious project.”

M-ERA.NET is an EU funded network which has been established in 2012 to support and increase the coordination of European research and innovation programs and related funding in materials science and engineering. Between 2016 and 2021, the M-ERA.NET consortium will continue to contribute to the restructuring of the European Research Area (ERA) by operating a single innovative and flexible network of national and regional funding organizations. M-ERA.NET contributes to EU policies and is complementary to funding schemes at regional, national and European levels, supporting the exploitation of knowledge along the whole innovation chain from basic research to applied research and innovation. By stimulating scientific excellence and the creation of a new innovation oriented economy, M-ERA.NET will deliver lasting impact and significant breakthroughs. M-ERA.NET aims to develop a long-term cooperation between funding organizations from countries and regions across Europe and beyond.

SCIENION offers complete solutions for precise liquid dispensing applications enabling high throughput production of multiparameter assays in diagnostics, and life and material sciences. Addressing the dynamically increasing needs for miniaturization and multiplex analyses, SCIENION offers a unique technology portfolio that has been continuously expanded for over 15 years. SCIENION provides flexible solutions for research and development, wherein solutions for production purposes are customized. Systems and software are characterized by their versatility, precision and robustness. The company is a renowned specialist for ultra-low volume liquid handling, particularly for the handling of precious and sensitive compounds of biological or chemical origin. SCIENION’s dispensers allow for contact-free and precise drop spotting in the pico- to micro-liter range and are optimally suited for microarray based analytics – such as for tests with DNA, oligonucleotides, peptides, proteins, antibodies, glycans or for dispensing cells onto various substrates. The company operates from two sites in Germany, Dortmund and Berlin, and has subsidiaries in New Jersey, USA, and Lyon, France.

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