Friday 17 November 2017 23:44 + Last Update: 12 / 01 / 2017 Follow me on:      EUROPEAN PROJECT MANAGER Since 2010 / BMs, MM, DipPM / PMI Member
project manager

Name: 

  SINAPS - Semiconductoring Nanowire Platform for Autonomous Sensors

Type: 

  FP7-ICT - EU Funded

My Job: 

  Project Manager

Duration: 

  36 Months

Project Website: 

  SINAPS Website

Budget: 

  € 1.5 million
Project Objectives       The aim of the SiNAPS project is to develop standalone dust -sized chemical sensing platforms that harvest energy from ambient electromagnetic radiation (light) and will enable miniaturisation below the current mm^3 barrier. Current solutions in nano-electronics are enabled by new materials at the nano-scale. It is proposed to use high-density semiconductor nano-wire arrays, such as Si and Ge, as efficient photovoltaic units and low-power chemical sensing elements on small volume modules to be integrated, via 3D system in a chip, in a miniaturised platform that transmits the acquired information wirelessly for further processing. To demonstrate the proof-of-concept without committing huge resources in optimization the SiNAPS project has set a pragmatic but ambitious, miniaturisation target ~10^8 µm^3, beyond the state-of-the-art. With further development of the energy harvesting and sensing technology, 10^6 µm^3 and below can be possible. SiNAPS brings together a consortium to address the two topics of the ICT-Proactive call, namely: (a) fundamentals of ambient energy harvesting at the nano-scale and (b) development of self powered autonomous sensor devices, with target dimensions of 1 mm^3. These topics are of great interest in the areas of energy supply, energy use in ICT, smart(er) buildings, medical diagnostics, e-health and integrated smart systems. SiNAPS involves the development of the capacity of nano-wires for use as a nano-scale energy harvester and a (bio-)chemical sensor for the prototype biotin-streptavidin system via fundamental studies. Miniaturised CMOS electronics will be developed for efficient power management and sensor interface. Existing IP for wireless communication will be used to avoid costly development. The integrated modules will be used to demonstrate the SiNAPS mote concept. Concluding SiNAPS, a set of new technologies for self powered autonomous devices and beyond will be available for further development towards commercialisation.
Participants
Germany IPHT - Institut fur Photonishe Technologien E.V
Ireland project manager Tyndall National Institute - UCC University College Cork
U.K project manager IMPERIAL - Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
Switzerland project manager EPFL - Ecole polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Netherlands project manager NANOSENS - Aquamarijn Research B.V.
My Responsibilities    • To liaise with work package leaders (WPL) for setting up the monthly teleconference meetings and the on-time delivery of the
      WPL reports (powerpoint presentations).
   • To liaise with work package leaders for on-time delivery of 4-monthly technical reports (word documents).
   • To liaise with partners for on-time delivery of material as requested for the 6-monthly periodic reports.
   • To update the SiNAPS website with news items, reports, presentations and minutes as requested by the project coordinator.