13/11/2020 INITIO Webinar: You’ll sense them alone! Chiral sensors: the progress of the INITIO project

13/11/2020 INITIO Webinar: You’ll sense them alone! Chiral sensors: the progress of the INITIO project

We are pleased to announce the first INITIO webinar. During the conference the current activities of the European project will be illustrated, having particular attention on recent developments. The webinar aims at disseminating INITIO project activities albeit the actual restriction concerning COVID-19.

Webinar will be held November 13, 2020 from 9.15 A.M. to 4.15 P.M. on Microsoft Teams platform. People who want to participate are invited to subscribe before November 12 at:


The webinar  includes 10 presentations given by PhD students, post-doc, researcher and specialist from five different University (Tor Vergata, Università del Salento,, Trinity College of Dublin, Taltech, University of Jyväskylä), the France National Research Centre (CNRS) and two enterprises (Eurochem e Interspectrum). The conference aims at disseminating the progress and results obtained by the INITIO project, funded by H2020, which has as objective the development of sensor for the chiral recognition of pollutants as objective.
The whole academic community is invited to participate to the webinar.

Chiral pollution is an environmental topic of crucial importance, considering that a large number of chemicals spreading into the environment, for example pesticides, are chiral substances. However, usually the stereoisomerism of contaminants is not considered, although the biological activity of enantiomers is significantly different, making their recognition critical for environmental control. Enantiomeric excess is currently determined by off-site analysis, requiring collection, transportation, eventual pre-treating of the sample, and expensive instrumentations and specifically trained staff. Thus, providing devices able to allow for rapid on site detection and chiral discrimination of target analytes would have a dramatic impact in all the fields of environmental control with significant economic benefits. The development of chemical sensors has been conceived to bypass restrictions related to classical analytical protocols and supports the use of conventional laboratory techniques for environmental control. While the technological foundation for chemical sensors already exists, it has been difficult to apply them to chiral discrimination and analysis, due to the lack of suitable solid state receptors.