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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 Microsensors and Bioelectronics Laboratory (MBL) (formerly Sensors Research Laboratory (SRL))  was founded in the late 1980s and now lies within the recently created Electronics, Power and Microsystems Research Group.


MBL is located in the School of Engineering at Warwick University that has 1,200 undergraduate and 1,000 postgraduate students. There are currently 3 academic staff, 2 research fellows, 10 research students and 2 technical specialists in the group. The research interests of the MBL are in the area of Microsensors and Microsystems technology with a focus on chemical and biological sensing. MBL has pioneered the development of silicon micro-machined sensors and sensor arrays for both gas and odour sensing ?with over 450 journal publications and 18 successful PhD theses. The current research themes of MBL are on smart SOI-based microsensors (with Cambridge University), signal & data processing for intelligent multi-sensor systems, biomimetic sensors for infochemical communication (with Leicester University et al.), and electro-acoustic based chemical sensors (with GeorgiaTech, USA).


Tasks in the project

MBL is involved in the work-packages associated with gas sensor development (WPs1-3) but principally in the characterisation of the gas response of the sensors in different harsh environments and then constructed multi-parameter models to enable smart gas sensors to operate under these challenging conditions (WP5).


Experience relevant to the task

The MBL has well-founded laboratories for specific microtechnologies including micro-stereo-lithography for rapid prototyping of micro-fluidic components. We possess a number of fully-automated test stations for the characterisation of the response of micro-sensors to different environmentally hazardous gases/vapours, such as CO, NO2, CO2, CH4, and BTEX volatile organic compounds. MBL has not only been a partner on many national, European and international research projects but has also been involved in the spin-out of a number of companies in the field of artificial olfaction (aka e-noses) and gas sensors, such as Neotronics Scientific (now E2V Ltd, UK), AlphaMOS (France), and CCS Ltd (UK).


Curriculum Vitae of key staff

Professor Julian Gardner received his PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge in 1982. He worked in industry on sensors for five years and then joined the University of Warwick as a lecturer. Since 1998 he has been Professor of Electronic Engineering, and Head of the Sensors Research Laboratory in the School of Engineering. He is also Director of the Centre of Cognitive and Neural Systems at Warwick and President of the International Society for Olfaction and Electronic Noses. His research activities over the past 20 years have been in the area of gas and odour micro-sensors and microsystems. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering Technology and Royal Academy of Engineering. He was awarded the JJ Thomson Prize for Innovation in 2007 by the IET and is a Humboldt Fellow. He is an author on more than 400 publications (including 6 books and ten patents) and been a part of many national and EU funded research projects often with SMEs or major companies such as Sony, Hewlett-Packard, LG Electronics, Denso, and Honeywell.

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