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Nanotechnology based intelligent multi-SENsor System with selective pre-concentration for Indoor air quality control

Objective

SENSIndoor aims at the development of novel nanotechnology based intelligent sensor systems for selective monitoring of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) for demand controlled ventilation in indoor environments. Greatly reduced energy consumption without adverse health effects caused by the Sick Building Syndrome requires optimized ventilation schemes adapted to specific application scenarios like offices, hospitals, schools, nurseries or private homes. These must be based on selective detection and reliable quantification of relevant VOCs such as formaldehyde or benzene at ppb or even sub-ppb levels in complex environments. Priority scenarios and corresponding target gases and concentrations will be defined together with an advisory board representing health standard experts and major industrial stakeholders. The project addresses two sensor technologies with MEMS-based metal oxide semiconductor gas sensors and SiC-based gas sensitive field effect transistors. Gas sensitive layers for both sensor technologies are realized by Pulsed Laser Deposition for well-defined, stable and highly sensitive nanostructured layers. These are combined with gas pre-concentration to boost the sensitivity of the overall system. Dynamic operation of the gas sensor elements by temperature cycling combined with pattern recognition techniques is employed to further boost sensitivity and selectivity and expanded to optimally use the gas preconcentration. The project thus combines physical and chemical nanotechnologies for extremely sensitive and selective gas sensing, MEMS technologies for low-power operation as well as low-cost manufacture and finally dynamic operating modes together with advanced signal processing for unrivalled system performance. Sensor elements and systems are evaluated under controlled lab conditions derived from priority application scenarios. The final demonstration of the SENSIndoor technology will include field tests with sensor systems integrated into building control systems.

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2013-SMALL-7
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT DES SAARLANDES
Address
Campus
66123 Saarbrucken
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 627 000
Administrative Contact
Andreas Schütze (Prof.)

Participants (9)

SARL NANOSENSE
France
EU contribution
€ 298 836
Address
Rue De Bellevue 123
92100 Boulogne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Olivier Martimort (Mr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 298 690
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andrea Zeumann (Ms.)
OULUN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 350 208
Address
Pentti Kaiteran Katu 1
90014 Oulu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jyrki Lappalainen (Prof.)
LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 354 941
Address
Campus Valla
581 83 Linkoping
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anita Lloyd Spetz (Prof.)
SENSIC AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 248 283
Address
Isafjordsgatan 39 B
164 40 Kista
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ulf Thole (Mr.)
SGX SENSORTECH SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 405 830
Address
Rue Des Courtils 1
2035 Corcelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Didier Degrugillier (Mr.)
3S - SENSORS, SIGNAL PROCESSING, SYSTEMS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 309 387
Address
Mainzer Strasse 148
66121 Saarbruencken
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thorsten Conrad (Mr.)
PICODEON LTD OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 288 000
Address
Piisilta 1
91100 Helsinki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jari Liimatainen (Mr.)
EURICE EUROPEAN RESEARCH AND PROJECT OFFICE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 218 820
Address
Heinrich-hertz-allee 1
66386 St Ingbert
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nina Lind (Mrs.)