Development of innovative methods for microbiological quality monitoring in real-time

When using established cultivation methods, data on bacterial contamination is often only available after days. Experts from three different faculties at Rhine-Waal University combine their knowledge in the fields of biology, physics, and process engineering to find faster methods for detecting and identifying microorganisms.

The aim of the project is to develop biophysical methods for the rapid identification of microbiological contamination in water. The project focuses on research and development activities with the aim of establishing a method that allows the identification of bacteria at the single-cell level using Raman microspectroscopy. Investigations of microbiological contamination of drinking water, food, and surface water usually take several days, so a rapid optical detection using Raman microspectroscopy is innovative and highly relevant for all areas of microbiological quality monitoring.

Besides the focus on research and development, communication structures are to be established that bring science together with potential users from industry, analytics, and environmental monitoring.


Project Term

July, 2021 to December, 2023


Project Lead

Prof. Dr. Ute Hansen


Project Team

Faculty of Communication and Environment:
Prof. Dr. Ute Hansen
Dr. André Wenda

Faculty of Life Sciences:
Prof. Dr. Frank Platte
Dr. Miriam Huth

Faculty of Technology and Bionics:
Prof. Dr. Alex Struck
Piotr Stawicki

Funding Body

Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, im Rahmen des Förderprogramms FF HAW-Kooperation