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PBSA project is focused in the implementation of a Lab-on-a-chip for space Life exploratory missions.

Advanced terrestrial technologies in the field of biosensors are combined for the development of a novel solution ready and tested for the space environment. The biosensing approach employs recent advances in the space developed biochemistry related to immunoassays with two main novel technologies, photonic integrated circuits (PICs) and microfluidics, with promising features for the space domain.

Results of the PBSA project are beneficial both in  the space domain and in the terrestrial. PIC technology may bring new opportunities in the space domain where high control of light or signals is required with small and light components with additional advantages such as the immunity to electromagnetic interference. Both photonic and microfluidic systems optimize criticalparameter in space applications, the volume and the mass and enable new opportunities in space.

PROJECT GOALS
  1. Bringing nanophotonic technology to space environment.
  2. Improve space sensing capabilities with photonic solutions
  3. Develop a nanophotonic array of sensors capable to operate in space environment (radiation, temperature, vibration).
PROJECT IMPACTS
  1. Space application
    • Develop a robust and compact instrument for molecular biomarkers detection in Planetary Exploration. Validation of nanophotonic technology in Space
  2. Non-space application
    • Development of more compact sensing devices for: In-vitro diagnosis,  security (airports, train stations, …) and defense applications
    • Ruggedized nanophotonic solutions for harsh environments: field tests and field laboratories