Sensor development and application

Professor Niels Peter Revsbech and his group has for many years been globally leading in the development of sensors for environmental analysis.  Among these are sensors monitoring the concentration of:

  • Oxygen O2
  • Nitrous Oxide N2O
  • Nitrate NO3-
  • Nitrite  NO2-
  • Volatile fatty acids (VFAs)
  • Carbon Dioxide CO2

Most of the sensors are used for the analysis of wastewater. The N2O sensor is commercial available and applied and used in about 200 wastewater treatment plants world-wide. The work on the sensors has resulted in several awards, latest in 2013 where the work was honored the Grundfos Award.

Accurate on-line and real-time analysis of NO2- would be extremely beneficial for achieving the best, most energy efficient, and least N2O emitting process.

Scientific focus is being dedicated to improve the present NO2- biosensor aiming for the long-term stability requirement needed for routine wastewater monitoring.  

New CO2-sensor has reached Proof of Concept

A new CO2 sensor has reached advanced Proof of Concept and are currently undergoing additional testing focusing on achieving a shorter response time and even better long term stability.  The continued improvement of the CO2 sensor will be done in collaboration with The Interdisciplinary Nano Science Center at Aarhus University.


Enhanced control and monitoring of the VFA in the activated sludge could lead to better control of phosphate removal. Intensified research in the Centre for Water Technology will allow further development of the VFA sensors improving and advancing the process of biological phosphate removal in activated sludge systems.

Niels Peter Revsbech

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Klaus Koren

Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Bioscience - Microbiology