Waste Water Treatment Plant

About Aquavir

Water-borne viral diseases pose high risks for public health worldwide. The urban wastewater contains large number of pathogen viruses, and even the most advanced wastewater treatment is not safe for full removal of virus particles.

The Portable Automated Water Analyser for Viruses (AquaVir) is a three-year FP7-funded project designed to develop a monitoring system for detecting pathogenic viruses in different water sources. A consortium with 14 partners with different competences from 8 European countries have been working together on a project, which aimed to develop a prototype virus sensor system for monitoring viruses in various types of water intended for human use.

Illustration 1

The core components of the virus-monitoring probe in AquaVir project are two microfluidic plastic chips for concentration and selective detection of viruses, respectively. The detection chip is a consumable product that has to be replaced regularly (every time if viruses are detected or in normal cases after several weeks) depending on the contamination in water to be monitored. The project includes the development of a method for manufacturing of the two chips in cost effective way.

The overview of the sensor system can be seen on Figure 1.

Illustration 2

The Aquavir Virus Monitoring system is intended to detect virus particles in a concentrated water sample on basis of electrical readout. The data obtained from the measurements is sent to a monitoring station, where it is used for early warning developed in the project.

The project also included the development of a standardization document: a CEN Workshop Agreement on “Virus sensor system for monitoring rotavirus, norovirus and hepatitis A virus in various types of water intended for human use” .


Noemi Rozlosnik
Nanolab - gæst - 347
DTU Nanolab
Anders Bjerrum
DTU Bioengineering
11 AUGUST 2022