Personalized fingerprint of liquids for the detection of germs

In this project funded by the High Performance Center Mass Personalization, a new technology is being developed for the rapid and specific detection of contaminating microorganisms in liquids. Using various analytical methods, a personalized fingerprint is generated. The platform technology is thus suitable for monitoring beverages or biopharmaceuticals as well as for pathogen analysis in patient samples.

By using various analytical methods, for example optical methods (e.g. FT-IR, UV-VIS/NIR, fluorescence spectroscopy) or Raman spectroscopy, a personalized fingerprint of liquids is generated with which pathogens such as fungi, bacteria or viruses can be specifically detected. This is intended to establish a new, innovative platform for detecting contamination with germs quickly and in parallel with the process.

The platform technology can be used for a variety of applications: for monitoring liquids in the food industry (fruit juices, milk, wine, beer, etc.) or the pharmaceutical industry (production of biopharmaceuticals) as well as for direct detection of pathogens in patient samples (urine, saliva, swabs/tissue samples).

Project information

Project title

Personalized fingerprint of liquids for the detection of germs


Project duration

March 2021 – December 2021


We would like to thank the Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst of the State of Baden-Württemberg for funding the project "Personalized fingerprint of liquids for the detection of germs".