we are constantly interested in new partnerships for national and european project proposals and for commercial purposes.

This project proposed the study of resistance to ionizing radiation of algae and Chlamydomonas reinhardtii genetic mutants that accumulate various quantities of macular pigments in the eyespots. The extracts of eyespots were immobilized in alginate (salt from alginic acid) and their antioxidant effects were evaluated for future nutrition programs in space. These immobilized matrices were analyzed by means of X-ray (powder X-ray diffraction, XRD) to study the relationship between organization and functionality of the eyespots.

Moreover Biosensor Srl has been involved in space projects in collaboration with ASI-ESA and NASA.


The purpose of this research collaborative project was to develop sensors and biosensors for on-line monitoring growth parameters of algal biomass and their bioactive compounds produced by large scale systems, with a particular focus on a group of relevant industrial processes for the natural synthesis of antioxidant Xanthophylls.



The project dealt with the integration of innovative biosensor research and technology and their exploitation by industry and/or other socio-economic entities in the fields of environment and agro-industry. The aim was building up a biosensor modular industrial platform, which could be easily adopted for the detection of pesticides, heavy metal and organic compounds in water.

BRAAVOO Biosensors, Reporters and Algal Autonomous Vessels for Ocean Operation

OCEAN 2013.1 (2013-2016)

BRAAVOO aims to develop innovative solutions for real-time in-situ measurement of high impact and difficult to measure marine pollutants. 

The concept of BRAAVOO is based on a unique combination of three types of biosensors, which will enable both the detection of a number of specific marine priority pollutants as well as of general biological effects that can be used for early warning.


BRAAVOO  Biosensors, Reporters and Algal Autonomous Vessels for Ocean Operation
Cost Phototech TD 1102

COST PHOTOTECH TD1102 “Photosynthetic proteins for technological applications: biosensors and biochips”

COST TD1102 aimed to create an international research network of experts and early stage researchers involved in the study of all aspects of photosynthesis necessary for the development of photosynthesis-based bio-devices, with a special focus on biosensors. The main outcome was the development of a fully characterized class of bio-organic-inorganic hybrid biosensors to be first applied in environmental monitoring and agri-food quality analysis.


Biosensors Srl supported the design and production of two main prototypes AMP-BIOSENS & ANTIOX-BIOSENS that were used to produce the biosensors described below.

Exploiting the AMP-BIOSENS:

Prototype datasheet at:

  • Insights into photo-electrochemical sensing of herbicides driven by Chlamydomonas reinhardtii cells.

  • A photosynthetic biosensor with enhanced electron transfer generation realized by laser printing technology.

  • A polyphenol biosensor realized by laser printing technology

Exploiting the ANTIOX-BIOSENS

Prototype datasheet at:

  • Application of an optimized electrochemical sensor for monitoring astaxanthin antioxidant properties against lipoperoxidation


Cost Phototech TD 1102

The European project EUCALIVA (EUCAlyptus LIgnin VAlorisation for Advanced Materials and Carbon Fibres), which gathers 6 partners around Europe, has just started. It will be focused on developing and setting-up a fully-integrated, energetically-efficient, scalable, innovative and flexible processing chain based on the valorisation of Lignin for producing Carbon fibres (CF) and other carbon-based materials, mainly for functional applications.

EUCALIVA is a research project based on extracting high-purity soluble Lignin from chemical wood pulping processes (black liquors from Kraft pulping), and to transform it, through different valorisation routes, achieving a cost-efficient alternative to today’s petroleum-based carbon raw materials, in fibres and other forms. New applications will be reached: multifunctional film-like conductive, piezo-resistive and piezoelectric materials (e.g., for biosensors, flexible electrodes, stretchable electronics), smart fabrics and functional fibres, as well as applications based on fibrous mats, non-woven fabrics and their carbonized derivatives (carbon-activated products).

The use of waste components from industrial activities as raw materials to obtain high value-added products is worth being investigated as a sustainable process. Lignin from pulping process is present all over Europe and represents a big source of underexploited material. There is an estimated 70 million tonnes of lignin available from pulping processes worldwide, but much of this is not isolated but burned onsite to provide steam for heat and power production. Until now only about 2% of the Lignins available in the pulp and paper industry is commercially used. EUCALIVA aims to create a valorisation chain of the lignin fraction, using Eucalyptus globulus waste as a source.

EUCALIVA, will be focusing on the three fundamental aspects in the preparation of high quality carbon-based materials, taking as source Kraft Lignin from black liquor (paper industries waste): (i) the optimization of Lignin separation, preparation (e.g,. blends with other polymers or by the introduction into the spinning solution of metal or other precursors) and spinning for Lignin-based fibres manufacture; (ii) the development of efficient and faster thermostabilization routes; and/or (iii) the achievement of Carbon fibres and other carbon-based materials with new or enhanced properties.

The project’s principal objectives are: to demonstrate a new bio-based, renewable and economically viable method of formulating Lignin blends as precursors suitable for Lignin-based Carbon fibres, fibrous mats and non-wovens, and stretchable films; to demonstrate the viability of the processing of Lignin into Carbon fibres and other carbon-based materials; to create new business opportunities and jobs in the pulp and paper industry; to perform Life Cycle and Cost Analyses to assess the economic, environmental and social sustainability of the developed products and the related processing routes, and to identify a strategy for market replication.

Expected results can be summarize as follows: reduction of industrial side-streams routed to disposal as waste, demonstrable operational and energy cost savings, introduction of ‘Lignin-to-(bio)-product’ concepts at a semi-commercial scale, delivery of one new building block based on biomass of European origin validated at demonstration scale, contribution to other BBI JU (Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking) key performance indicators and improving innovation capacity and the integration of new knowledge.

EUCALIVA was selected among different proposals in the EU funded H2020 BBI JTI 2016 call for projects on “Valorisation of lignin and other side-streams to increase efficiency of biorefineries and increase sustainability of the whole value chain”. This project will have a duration of 42 months and it has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. EUCALIVA is estimated to have a total eligible cost of 2.419.871€ and it will receive funding of about 1.795.010€.

Project partners
The consortium is composed by six partners organizations from four different countries. Among them, four partners are SMEs (Small and medium-sized enterprises): Contactica S.L. (project coordinator) (Spain), Envirohemp S.L. (Spain), Grado Zero Innovation S.r.l. (Italy), Biosensor S.r.l. (Italy); and two partners are RTD (Research and Innovation): Sächsisches Textil Forschungs Institut e.V. (Germany) and Tampere University of Technology (TUT) (Finland).

The kick-off meeting of this research project took place in Brussels, on September 26th.

Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking grant
The Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking is a €3.7 billion Public-Private Partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium. Operating under Horizon 2020, it is driven by the Vision and Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA) developed by the industry.
For more information, visit BBI website:

This project has received funfing from the BioBased Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union's Horizon
2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement Nº 745789.

ITN-Marie Curie

The Singlet Oxygen Strategy: sustainable oxidation procedures for applications in material science, synthesis, wastewater treatment, diagnostics and therapeutics.

ITN-Marie Curie
MISE - Industria 2015 – New Technologies for Made in Italy Call

Integrated system of biosensors and sensors for the monitoring of wholesomeness and quality, as well as for traceability in the cow milk chain.

MISE - Industria 2015 – New Technologies for Made in Italy Call
SAMOSS Sample In – Answer Out Optochemical Sensing Systems

Initial Training Network (ITN) FP7 Marie Curie, 

SAMOSS network's overall objective is to develop optochemical sensors, applied to detect relevant analytes such as mycotoxins or antibiotics in foods, drugs in healthcare and endocrine disruptors such as contraceptive hormones in environmental samples, that are able to handle a chain of operations that should constitute an autonomous process starting with a sample and ending with reporting a result as an "answer".

SAMOSS  Sample In – Answer Out Optochemical Sensing Systems