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"Small, but many: scalability to volume production in fiber-top technology"

Objective

"Fiber-top devices (Iannuzzi et al., patents filed) are a new generation of small sensors for research, medical, and industrial applications, obtained by fabricating a minuscule diving board on the tip of an optical fiber. Light coupled from the opposite end of the fiber allows one to remotely detect any tiny bending of the board, and, thus, of the event that has caused that bending. Miniaturization, remote sensing capability, resistance to harsh working conditions, ease-of-use, and the possibility to achieve ultimate sensitivity are only some of the advantages with which this award winning invention outperform the competing technologies. Unfortunately, there is one main limitation that prevents us to make the leap to market: the manufacturing process is way too expensive and complicated to be integrated in a series production line. To solve this problem, during my ERC StG project I have introduced a new technique that, mimicking the top-down approach that is conventionally used in silicon microtechnology, allows fabrication of fiber-top sensors via a series of steps that adapt well to batch production (Iannuzzi et al., patent filed). The goal of this ERC PoC project is to demonstrate that this fabrication technique can be now scaled up to achieve volume production at competitive costs. The project is divided into a technical part (demonstration of scalability) and a market-related part (market, cost, and price analysis). At the end of this project, we will be able to present a cost effective production method accompanied with a rigorous analysis of the marketability of the solution developed. Our close collaboration with Optics11 (a spin-off company that we launched during my ERC StG) will then guarantee a smooth transition of the results to market."

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/fibre optics
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/remote sensing
  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/microtechnology

Call for proposal

ERC-2011-PoC
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Funding Scheme

CSA-SA(POC) - Supporting action (Proof of Concept)

Host institution

STICHTING VU
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 149 190,90
Administrative Contact
Yvonne Kops (Dr.)

Beneficiaries (2)

STICHTING VU
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 149 190,90
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yvonne Kops (Dr.)
VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG
Netherlands
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dirkje Schinkelshoek (Ms.)