• Description of WG3

The domain of Open Source Hardware (OSH) is vast: the instruments considered can be partly portable, transportable or fully portable ;  the fields of application range from environmental quality control to pharmaceutical products, including the identification/diagnosis of materials (natural, Cultural Heritage, industrial) and the end-users are multiple: researchers, technicians in SMEs, untrained volunteers, large-scale group users, general public. WG3 members come from different communities. On the basis of topics of common interest and a selection of existing OSHs specific to them, we will assess their ability to meet needs and cover new ones with relevant field tests.

• Aims or tasks

  • Identification of topics of common interest to WG3 members
  • State of the art on existing OSHs of these topics of interest
  • Description of their fields of application and search for other possible fields of application
  • Organisation of field tests on a selection of OSHs

• Deliverables

  • Topics of common interests to WG3 members
  • Survey of existing OSHs of special interest and description of their fields of application (current and possible)
  • Outcomes from the field tests carried out (difficulties encountered: selection of the population tested, testing protocols, etc.; end-users feedback: usability, robustness of tools / applications, ease of use, etc.; meaning of the data collected according to the tools and information provided).

WG Leader: Christian Degrigny (christian.degrigny(at)he-arc.ch)

Haute Ecole Arc Conservation-Restauration, Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Christian Degrigny received a PhD in analytical chemistry from the University of Paris IV in 1990. As an engineer in electrochemistry he specialized in the use of electrolytic processes for the diagnosis and treatment of historic and archaeological metallic objects. He has worked in public and private sector successively as conservation scientist, director of studies of a conservation school (EVTEK – Finland), director of a diagnosis laboratory (Malta Centre for Restoration) and lecturer in different conservation programs (Amsterdam_NL, Oslo_NO, West Dean_UK, Malta_MT). He was the coordinator of the Metal Working Group of the Conservation Committee of the International Council of Museum (ICOM-CC) from 2002 to 2008, co-leader of the EU PROMET project (Innovative conservation approaches for monitoring and protecting ancient and historic metals collections from the Mediterranean basin) from 2005 to 2008, organized in 2010 the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ2010) conference in Chalon-sur-Saone (FR) and co-organized as chair METAL2019 conference in Neuchâtel (CH). He was national delegate and member of the steering committee of EU COST Actions G7 (Artwork conservation by laser), G8 (Non-destructive testing and Analysis of Museum artefacts), TD1406 (Colour and Space for Cultural Heritage) and I2MHB (Innovation in the Intelligent Management of Historic Buildings). Since 2004 he is lecturer at Haute Ecole Arc Conservation-restauration (HE-Arc CR) in Neuchâtel and project leader in its research unit. In 2016 he was appointed full HES professor. Since he has developed several low-cost and easy to use open source portable analytical/diagnosis tools: electrolytic pencil Pleco (http://www.fablab-neuch.ch/pleco/plus.php? id=1&lang=en), Micorr (micorr.org) for the diagnosis of metals through the schematic representation of their corrosion forms and DiscoveryMat ( for the qualitative analysis of metals using Ecorr measurements. He is currently leading the HE-Arc CR team in ITN CHANGE (http://change-itn.eu/) project and the EU Interreg MetalPAT project. Dr. Degrigny strongly believes in knowledge sharing e-platforms which allow end-users to become active contributors of their own field of expertise. In parallel, Dr. Degrigny is co-managing an historic building in Burgundy, France: château de Germolles, where he develops portable imaging techniques to allow the visitors to experience new ways of visualising Cultural Heritage assets.

Assisted by: Ivana Grčić (ivana.grcic(at)gfv.hr)

Laboratory for Environmental Engineering–Process Engineering Unit, Faculty of Geotechnical Engineering, University of Zagreb, Varazdin, Croatia

Ivana Grčić received a PhD in April 2011 in the field of chemical engineering from the University of Zagreb (Modelling of the photocatalytic and sonochemical process for the wastewater treatment). Her scientific activities are related to the study of advanced oxidation technologies for modeling and real industrial wastewater, mathematical modeling and environmental engineering including environmental monitoring and remediation technologies, with a particular focus on photocatalysis. Lately, she started the application of photocatalytic process to air pollution abatement. Her skills are best shown in reactor design and modeling. Dr. Grčić has actively participated in nine (9) domestic and two (2) international projects and three (3) COST actions: Water2020, PortASAP and LivAGE. She was the author of the innovative ultrasonic pilot reactor for water purification. She spent four months at the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nottingham, UK, as a scholar of The British Scholarship Trust under the mentorship of prof. Gianluca Li Puma in 2009/2010. Given the achieved results, she was awarded the Memorial Prize of Voya Kondic in 2010. She participated in the Erasmus program as a guest scientist at the Laboratoire de Génie des Procédés Plasmas et Traitement de Surface (LGPPTS), University Pierre et Marie Curie (ENSCP/UPMC) in Paris for the academic year 2011/2012. Since 2017, she has been assistant professor at the Faculty of Geotechnical Engineering in Varazdin. Over the past two years, her research team developed several bench and pilot scale systems for photocatalytic water and air purification with the intention for real scale application including affordable real-time monitoring with low cost AQ sensors and new sensors for emerging micropollutants in water. She is involved in several projects comprising air treatment and coordinator of a workpackage in research project ‘Nanocomposites comprising perovskites for photovoltaics, photo-catalysis and sensing’ in partnership with the Ruđer Bošković Institute in Zagreb.

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