Expert in microbial adaptation and bacterial  
Jan van der Meer
Developing an aquatic robot which can 'smell' polluting substances, using integrated biological and chemical sensors
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UNIL/Centre intégratif de génomique
Expert in genetics and evolution of insect and plant development
Richard Benton
Expert in optical sensors and electronic  
Martial Geiser
Expert in electrochemistry and biosensors
Hubert Girault
Expert in articulated and biologically inspired robotics, modular robotics, humanoid robotics
Auke Jan Ijspeert
Expert in Implanted force sensor, MEMS, Fluidics, Microfabrication
Philippe Renaud
EAWAG/Environmental Toxicology
Expert in molecular and cellular mechanisms of toxicity in vertebrate cells
Kristin Schirmer

Project Description

Envirobot is an ambitious high end project with the major aim to develop and construct a demonstrator robot platform (the Envirobot) that samples and measures a set of relevant water quality parameters in surface water bodies by the incorporation of optical, physical, chemical and biological sensors. The Envirobot platform will be based on existing segmented anguilliform Amphibots, but with important adaptations in terms of energy use and efficiency, sensory decision programming, and communication possibilities. The Envirobot is invented to perform autonomous surveying or autonavigation. In autonomous surveying the robot will sample and analyze water bodies according to a preset path and defined number of waypoints. 

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Notable publications

Comparative genome analysis of Pseudomonas knackmussii B13, the first bacterium known to degrade chloroaromatic compounds
Ryo Miyazaki, Claire Bertelli, Paola Benaglio, Jonas Canton, Nicoló De Coi, Walid H. Gharib, Bebeka Gjoksi, Allexander Goesmann, Gilbert Greub, Keith Harshman, Burkhard Linke, Josip Mikulic, Linda Mueller, Damien Nicolas, Marc Robinson-Rechavi, Carlo Rivolta, Clémence Roggo, Shantanu Roy, Vladimir Sentchilo, Alexandra Von Siebenthhal, Laurent Falquet, Jan Roelof van der Meer

Compact portable biosensor for arsenic detection in aqueous samples with Escherichia coli bioreporter cells
Frederic Truffer, Nina Buffi, Davide Merulla, Siham Beggah, Harald van Lintel, Philippe Renaud, Jan Roelof van der Meer, Martial H Geiser
The Review of scientific instruments

Regulatable and Modulable Background Expression Control in Prokaryotic Synthetic Circuits by Auxiliary Repressor Binding Sites
Davide Merulla, Jan Roelof van der Meer
ACS Synthetic Biology

Biomimetic Pieris rapae's Nanostructure and Its Use as a Simple Sucrose Sensor
D. Bonzon, R. Martinez-Duarte, P. Renaud and M. Madou


Posters from 2016

Sensors integration in Envirobot locomotion segment
Oliver Gubler, Frederic Truffer, Marc Pignat, Alessandro Crespi, Martial Geiser

Flexible pH sensor based on layer-by-layer assembled iridium oxide nanoparticles
Milica Jovic, Jonnathan C. Hidalgo-Acosta, Hubert H. Girault

Fish cell-based biosensor for evaluating water quality
Vivian Lu Tan, Florent Boudoire, Artur Braun, Kristin Schirmer

Microfluidic chips to measure bacterial chemotaxis in a biosensory perspective
Clémence Roggo, Jan Roelof van der Meer


Posters from 2015

Development of pH sensor by inkjet printing or layer-by-layer deposition of IrOx nanoparticles
Milica Jovic, Fernando Cortés-Salazar, Jonnathan Cesar Hidalgo Acosta, Géraldine Margaretha Alice Stauffer, Andreas Lesch, Hubert H. Girault

A microfluidic tool to use bacterial chemotaxis for biosensing
Clémence Roggo, Jan Roelof van der Meer

Water quality assessment sensor integration into swimming robot
Frederic Truffer, Oliver Gubler, Helene Strese, Thierry Hischier, Serge Amoos, Martial Geiser

Environmental Monitoring of Mercury using Bacterial Bioreporter Microchips
Milica Jovic, Fernando Cortés-Salazar, Siham Beggah, Géraldine Margaretha Alice Stauffer, Alexandra Bondarenko, Andreas Lesch, Jan Roelof van der Meer, Hubert H. Girault

Posters from 2014

Development of microfluidic devices to measure the bacterial chemotaxis response
Clémence Roggo, Jan Roelof van der Meer

Xenopus Laevis oocyte based Biosensors
David Bonzon, Benoîte Bargeton, Giovanna Zappia, Richard Benton, Philippe Renaud

Envirobot monitoring of turbidity, heavy metals and conductivity: Integration and testing
Fernando Cortés Salazar, Frederic Truffer, Yannick Morel, Helene Strese, Thierry Hischier, Alessandro Crespi, Martial Geiser, Auke Ijspeert and Hubert H. Girault.

Inkjet Printing of Carbon Nanotubes Electrodes for Environmental Monitoring
Fernando Cortés Salazar, Andreas Lesch, Alexandra Bondarenko, Hubert H. Girault


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