High performance phytosynthesized nanostructures as biosensor platforms for detecting pathogenic microorganism from food matrices




Recent progresses in the nanotechnology field revealed the uses of nanomaterials for developing control systems to ensure food quality and safety.

Project goal

The project goal is represented by the development of a technology for the phytosynthesis of metallic nanomaterials, using extracts from cruciferous crops waste (cabbage, broccoli, turnip, radish, etc.) with application as a sensing platform for the detection of microbial pathogens from food matrices (meat, fruits, dairy products).

Contracting authority: The Executive Unit for the Financing of Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation (UEFISCDI)

Implementation period: 28/06/2022-20/06/2024

Budget: 274.447 lei

Project responsible: Dr. Habil. Radu Claudiu Fierăscu

  • Consortium
  • General objectives
  • Phase I
  • Phase II
  • Phase III
  • Results dissemination


University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest,

Project director: Dr. Ing. Camelia Ungureanu


National Institute for Research & Development in Chemistry and Petrochemistry – ICECHIM Bucharest

Project responsible: Dr. Habil. Radu Claudiu Fierăscu

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General objectives

Applying this method to obtain nanostructures with plants waste highlights the importance of minimising and re-using residues from primary and secondary processing via chemical and social intervention, to contribute to the sustainability needs of the planet and its inhabitants. Also, will be enhanced agro food quality through performant and eco-friendly detecting systems for different pathogens which alter food matrixes and transform them more rapidly into food wastes.

Phase I

Evaluation of the possibilities of obtaining phytosynthesized nanostructures for sensors application.

Implementation period: 28/06/2022 – 31/12/2022

Activities of the partner ICECHIM:

  • Developing protocols for obtaining natural extracts with enhanced concentrations of phytochemicals;
  • Obtaining and characterizing natural extracts from a phytochemical point of view;
  • Results dissemination
Phase II

Development of technology for obtaining phytosynthesized nanostructures with control of properties and morphology.

Implementation period: 01/01/2023 – 31/12/2023

Activities of the partner ICECHIM:

  • Synthesis and characterization of phytosynthesized nanomaterials;
  • Optimization of working parameters for nanostructure synthesis, intermediate activity;
  • Results dissemination
Phase III

Optimization of working parameters for nanostructure synthesis – final stage. Demonstration and validation of the proposed technology

Implementation period: 01/01/2024 – 20/06/2024

Activities of the partner ICECHIM:

  • Optimization of working parameters for nanostructure synthesis, final activity;
  • Evaluation of results at laboratory level – improving process performance;
  • Development of technical documentation for the technology for obtaining the sensor platform.
  • Results dissemination
Results dissemination

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