The working group "Water and Environmental Sensors" is part of the Department for Integrated Sensor Systems (DISS). The working group focuses on the development of new sensor technologies for the rapid and sensitive detection of trace substances and microbiological contamination in water and the environment.

„Water is the most important nutrient, so it is essential to protect this resource. New sensor technologies can make an important contribution to this.“

Our further interest is to integrate all necessary sensor components into a small field portable instrument that can accurately track analytes of interest.

The combined know-how in the fields of electronics, mechatronics, physics, microbiology, and process technology, as well as the required lab equipment present at the Department for Integrated Sensor Systems enables us to perform basic as well as application driven research for communal, rural, and industrial water and environmental technology.


  • Electrochemical sensors
  • Sensor systems for water and environment (soil, water, air)
  • Database systems and web applications for sensor data
  • Sensors with wireless data transmission
  • Software and hardware development for embedded systems (Microchip, Atmel, Raspberry Pi, etc.)
  • Development of potentiostats and software
  • Android app development
  • Optical image processing and object recognition


Head: Martin Brandl

Center for Water and Environmental Sensors

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