Drinking water is our most important foodstuff and is subject to a variety of hazards, most of which are unforeseeable. For example, pesticides from agriculture or chemicals from industrial accidents can enter municipal supply systems via groundwater. The entry of toxic compounds through criminal or terrorist attacks also poses a growing risk, especially in decentralized and mobile systems.
Particular importance is therefore attached to the development of suitable sensors, test and monitoring systems to detect and evaluate harmful substances in soil and water using measurement technology. The institute offers essential basics in the fields of biosensors (biological components), functionalization of sensor surfaces, analytics, automation and data analysis.