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23 oct 2020


Compact and cheap Terahertz sensor for monitoring food quality

The project

The goal of the project is to develop a compact and cheap sensor that can be used in food packaging to monitor the quality of the food and to reduce food loss. The project is coordinated by CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and the partners are:

  • VMicro SAS
  • Ghent University
  • UniversitĂ© du Littoral CĂ´te d'Opale
  • Flanders' FOOD

This project will last 4 years.

Project goals

The project's aim is to make a commercial food sensor. This sensor allows to check the quality of food within its packaging. Because the sensor will allow to verify the quality of individual packagings at any moment the application of the sensor will make it possible to reduce food spoilage in the food industry.

The consortium consists of partners from the academic world and the industry with the necessary expertise to produce the sensor. Furthermore, the consortium has several partners (Food2Know, Flanders' FOOD, ...) on board who are specialized in bridging the space between the academic world and the industry. These partners will keep an eye on the valorization and the dissemination of the sensor technology. Additionally, they will generally disseminate the terahertz technology via their respective networks and search for new applications in collaboration with experts from the industry and the academic world.

Project advantages

By reducing the problem of food spoilage and waste in the food industry, a sector which creates a lot of prosperity in the border region, we suppose that the project will have a great impact on the economy in the border region.


Coupure Links 653
9000 Gent

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