The COST Action CA 16215 PortASAP - European network for the promotion of portable, affordable and simple analytical platforms is supported by COST Association under the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020.
The high cost of scientific instruments and need for skilled professionals limit the application of modern analytical techniques to few social and economic domains of society, hindering a broader application and scientific breakthroughs. However, separation techniques are no longer limited to bulky and expensive instrumentation; it is today possible to achieve fast and efficient analysis employing low-cost devices. These devices which are, by far, more affordable for SMEs and small organisations, will promote wider use of analytic platforms.
The portASAP Cost Action aims to work toward this goal by involving scientists working in separation sciences, engineers, chemometricians and other scientific fields, with end-users without expertise in analytical chemistry and instrument manufacturers. PortASAP will provide a platform where analytical needs in applied areas can be matched with expertise. It will also offer formation and promote awareness regarding the potential of low-cost analytical techniques.