EU funds project for spectroscopic chemical sensors

The European Union has awarded a grant of €2.8m to a project intended to create ultra-sensitive chemical sensors and smarter, cheaper infrared (IR) photodetectors.

The Plasmonic Innovative Sensing in the Infrared (PLAISIR) project will run for three years and will focus on mid-IR as the the key region for finger-printing molecules and proteins.

Project members want recent developments in optical telecommunications and nanotechnology to improve the spectroscopic abilities of sensors to help in the detection of carbon dioxide in environmental monitoring and glucose in medical diagnosis to track the progress of diabetes.

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