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MOde-localized mass Sensors with Thermal Actuation and Piezoresistive DEtection

Project description

High-performance, tiny-mass sensors to measure particulate matter

Resonant mass sensors based on nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS) have attracted a great deal of attention over the past two decades, most notably for their ability to weigh single molecules and nanoparticles, or even monitor the growth of living cells. Their performance is significantly compromised when they are exposed to ambient air – weight measurement can take a considerable amount of time. Funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, the MOSTAPDE project will address this challenge by combining thermal actuation and piezoresistive detection for NEMS-based resonators. This approach can significantly increase the quality factor at ambient conditions. The project plans to demonstrate how mass sensing can be applied to the measurement of particulate matter, which poses a significant threat to the environment.


Net EU contribution
€ 178 320,00
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

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Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00