Metallic elements are naturally present in oceans, freshwater and biota from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Levels of these metals are measured for environmental monitoring of water, biogeochemical research into hydrothermal sites and assessing the potential impact of the industrial mining of sulphur-rich sites.

Methods have been developed for gauging the levels of metallic elements, but the majority of analyses have been lab-based. The samples of data provided are accurate but low on spatial and temporal resolution.

The SURIMI project will develop multi-metallic element sensors capable of carrying out analyses from the lab to the toughest conditions, such as abyssal zones and polar seas. The sensors will be used to monitor freshwater pollution involving Cd, Hg, Pb and Ni, and to develop a rapid subsea assessment of concentrations of Ni, Cu, Zn and Hg in the water.

A commercial product should be ready for launch at the end of the project.

  • - KLEARIA, Valbonne
Research centers
  • - Ifremer, Recherches et développements Technologiques (REM-RDT), Brest  [Project Developer]
  • - Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières (BRGM), Orléans
  • - Ecole Supérieure Physique Chimie Industrielle (ESPCI), Chimie, Biologie, Innovation (CBI), Paris
  • - Laboratoire Nanotechnologies et Nanosystèmes (LN2), Sherbrooke (Canada), Paris [unité mixte France-Canada]
  • - TAKUVIK, Québec (Canada), Paris [unité mixte France-Canada]
  • - Université Paris-Saclay, Institut d’optique, Laboratoire Charles Fabry (LCF), Palaiseau
- Agence Nationale de la Recherche
Overall budget
1 920 K€