TAINAN, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) Department of Environmental Engineering and the Water Resources Agency (WRA) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan had jointly launched the world’s first mobile laboratory in a van equipped with water monitoring system which can provide accurate test result within 2 hours, the university announced recently.
“Integrating the functions of water quality monitoring as well as optical, immunological and molecular biological techniques, the newly invented mobile lab can provide accurate test measurements within 2 hours,” said Distinguished Professor Dr. Tsair-Fuh Lin from the NCKU Department of Environmental Engineering.
He also pointed out that the lab also monitors the growth of algae and eutrophication of reservoir, thus ensuring continuous provision of safe and clean drinking water.
This technology has attracted the attention of countries such as China and Australia, which are now actively seeking cooperation with NCKU in relation to this technology.
NCKU Office of R&D Vice President Dr. Hong Paul Wang explained NCKU’s academia-industry collaboration performance is consistently the highest in the country as NCKU not only focuses on academic research, the university also puts in lots of effort into domestic industries.
“Through continuous innovation and R&D, Dr. Lin has successfully developed a vehicle equipped with mobile monitoring system featuring rapid testing and powerful functions which is capable of greatly reducing water risk domestically, and his invention is a great contribution to the country,” according to Dr. Wang.
Since 2009, WRA and NCKU have cooperated in efforts to monitor domestic water quality through water quality bulletin and research program.
The mobile lab is already in operation and currently touring the country, providing rapid monitoring of water quality, according to WRA Deputy Chief Engineer Cheng-Daw Hsieh.
Introducing the mobile lab, Dr. Lin said that various laboratory instruments and techniques are equipped in the van, including real-time quantitative polymerase reaction apparatus (qPCR), fluorescent in-situ in vivo probe (IVF probe), enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), optical microscopes, spectrophotometers and others, as well as optical, immunological and molecular biological techniques.
This invention can be swiftly moved to nearby water sources to obtain samples and carry out analyses on the spot.