Leoben Researches New Environment Nanosensors 

Research and innovation are the decisive factors for Europe to successfully claim its place in the global competition. Since Styria has the highest rate of research and development in Austria, it is only logical that this is the place generating impetuses for action across Europe. The MCL-Materials Center Leoben was named as the coordinator of an innovation project of the European Union elect in which 17 partners from 6 European nations are participating. 18 million euros will be invested in a micro-electronics project in the next three years, and 12.6 million of that will be contributed by the EU. Ten top executives from the MCL will oversee the project.

The focus of the multi-sensor platform project (http://www.multisensorplatform.eu/) lies in the development of a production technology that will facilitate a flexible “plug and play” 3D integration of nanosensors and nanotechnological components into CMOS chips. That sounds just as complicated as it really is, but leads to very practical applications. The goal is to develop extremely small sensors and integrate them into computer chips. This could, for example, make it possible for a smartphone to warn outdoor enthusiasts of high ozone values, city dwellers of particulate matter levels, agriculturalists of silo gases, or beach goers of high UV pollution.

It will also revolutionize building technology. Networks of infrared sensors could pinpoint the exact location of a fire source and provide approaching firefighters with the exact location of individuals in need of rescue. Quite a bit of energy could also be saved with the nanosensors. If climate control units were controlled not by the room temperature, but rather by the CO2 content of the room´s air, then they could function more precisely and therefore with considerably more efficiency.

The consortium coordinated by the MCI is expected to give rise to an economic-technological cluster for these new sensor systems on the European level, that would encompass the entire value chain from research through to manufacturing and application. IT is in this way that the project will help the European micro-electronics industry, which currently employs around 250,000 people in the development of innovative smart systems, stay on the cutting edge of the industry worldwide.

Project Coordinator:
Materials Center Leoben Forschung GmbH – an Austrian COMET K2 centre of excellence

Other participating countries and partners:
Austria: ams AG, EV Group (EVG) Germany: AppliedSensor GmbH, Fraunhofer, Siemens AG and the University of Freiburg Holland: Boschman Technologies B.V. and the Holst Centre England: University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University of Warwick, Cambridge CMOS Sensors and Samsung R&D Institute UK Belgium: University of Louvain and Vito Italy: Universitá degli studi di Brescia

More information:
Univ.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Anton Köck
Materials Center Leoben Forschung GmbH (MCL)
Tel.: +43 3842 45922-05 Mobil.: +43 676 848 883 143
E-Mail: anton.koeck@mcl.at

Source: http://www.unileoben.ac.at/content/view/3021/245/lang,de/
17. Jänner 2014