Smart Silicon-on-Insulator Sensing Systems Operating at High Temperature

SOI-HITS Project

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 288481.

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The Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC) is a private Foundation belonging to the CERCA network of Research Centres of the Generalitat of Catalunya.

This research organization is committed to carry out, promote, spread, transfer and improve research activities in the energy and environment sectors of knowledge and of its applications for the scientific, technological, economic and social development of the Country. IREC is organised in Departments - corresponding to the macro areas macro of scientific and technological research - with duties of planning, coordination and control. The department of Advanced Materials for Energy includes scientific areas at the frontier of knowledge as well as technological applications and results which can be exploited commercially and economically. IREC will continue and collect the expertise and skills acquired from the previous activities of the CeRMAE, Reference Center of Advanced Materials for Energy from the Generalitat of Catalunya (nowadays, named XaRMAE). IREC has two locations, Barcelona and Tarragona. The research unit involved in this project is allocated in the area of Advanced Materials for Energy of the Institute in Barcelona. Prof. J.R. Morante (head) coordinates, nowadays, a twenty people staff. The main aims are the synthesis of nanomaterials and their applications in different sorts of devices for energy or environmental applications.

Tasks in the project

IREC will carry out scientific contribution mainly in the following tasks: WP2 on gas sensing structure design, numerical simulations, test structure fabrication and sensing layer selection and WP5 on testing besides WP’s devoted to dissemination and management.

Experience relevant to the task

The Advanced Materials for Energy group has a solid research track record and expertise in areas including: materials and systems based on photon, phonon or chemical transductions to electrical signals for energy or sensing devices such as solar energy, materials and systems for energy storage, materials and systems for energy conversion, materials and systems for energy efficiency environmental friendly and rational use of the energy, material science computing. Likewise, they have expertise and skills on nanotechnology for energy, sensing and environment applications with efforts paid on sensing systems and their associated harvesting technologies for wireless sensor networks.

Curriculum Vitae of key staff

 Professor Dr. J.R. Morante received his Ph. D. in Physics from the University of Barcelona. Since 1985 he is professor of Electronics, and director of the research group on Engineering and Electronic Materials, EME, now M-2E. He has been dean and vice-dean of the Faculty of Physics. From 2008 he is head of the advanced material for energy area of the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research, IREC. His activities have been centred in electronic materials and the assessment of the technology and processes in materials. He has taken part in many R&D international projects. He has authored or co-authored more than 400 works in international specialized journals.

Dr. Francisco Hernandez-Ramirez received his degree in Physics at the “Universitat de Barcelona‿in 2002 and his Ph.D. in 2007 at the same university. His professional experience is related to the development of nanosensors. He has expertise in sensing materials and in the use of focused ion beam (FIB) lithography. Currently, he is also CEO of Electronic Nanosystems, SL (e-nanos), a company devoted to the commercialisation of nanotechnological products. He has published more than 25 papers and contributed to specialized conferences and industrial patents on sensors.

Dr. Teresa Andreu received her degree in Chemistry at the “Universitat de Barcelona‿in 1999 and his Ph.D. in 2004 at the same university. From 2007 she joined Prof. Morante’s group at the UB and from 2009 is a researcher of IREC. Her activities have been centered in the synthesis of nanostructured semiconductors and the study of the light interaction with the metal oxides applied to sensors and photoelectrochemical cells. She has published more than 20 papers and contributed to specialized conferences.

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