Optode Team Austria
The Optode Team Austria (OTA) is a group of leading researchers in the field of optical chemicals sensors (Optodes) formed by members of the Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Food Chemistry at Graz University of Technology (Austria) and the company PyroScience GmbH (Germany). OTA is the only landlocked team participating in the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health Prize competition, but has more than 15 years of experience in developing sensors for marine research and is involved in several marine research projects. OTA is highly motivated to develop a pH Optode for accurate, reliable and long-term stable pH-measurements in seawater. The major part of work contributed to develop a device for the XPRIZE competition was done voluntarily after working- hours by the developers, researchers and Ph.D. students of the OTA.
About Team Leader
Ingo Klimant is the head of the Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Food Chemistry at Graz University of Technology in Austria. He is a chemist by training and has more than 20 years of experience in the field of optical sensor technology. He was working as post doc researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology. He has co-authored more than 160 publications and has 24 patent families filed (many of them still active). He is the co-founder of three companies active in the field of optical sensor technology (Presens GmbH, Pyro Science GmbH and Smart Medical Solutions GesmbH).
Bernhard J. Müller