- About Us
- Nano-Social Network
- Nano Consulting
- My Account
|Figure gassensor: Artist impression of the NO2 gas sensor, showing the contacts and InAs nanowires|
Imec and Holst Centre have developed an innovative sensor for measuring ultra-low concentrations of NO2. Such sensors are important for applications that monitor environmental pollution resulting from traffic, and in general, from all combustion motors. The sensor's active components are arrays of grown vertical InAs nanowires. A typical sensor would contain 500 such nanowires, and will be sensitive to NO2 concentrations of fewer than 100ppb at room temperature.
The sensor's nanowires are about 3ěm in length and 50-100nm wide. They are made from InAs, which is well-suited for gas sensing, because it has an electron accumulation layer at the surface, making it sensitive to accumulated charges. Gas molecules adsorb onto the nanowires, changing the current that is flowing through the nanowires.
The semiconductor nanowires are contacted ohmically using an air bridge construction (see picture). This construction has as advantage that it leaves the nanowire surface free for gas adsorption. Because of the small bandgap of InAs, it's fairly easy to fabricate these ohmic contacts. The sensor can be reset, simply by applying a stronger current.
The new sensor boasts several breakthroughs in nanowire technology. A key characteristic is that the vertical nanowires are electrically contacted in the locations on the substrate where they are grown. In other, comparable nanowire sensors, the nanowires have to be placed on the substrate after being grown elsewhere. Another major benefit of these sensing nanowires is that they function without heating, making them much more power-efficient.
The new gas sensor has been developed in Holst Centre's program for ultra-low-power sensors. In a next step, the researchers will increase the sensitivity of the sensor, as well as its detection selectivity. One goal is, for example, to make a sensor that can distinguish between NO2 and NO. Also, new manufacturing techniques are investigated, with the aim to use cost-effective silicon substrates for high-yield solutions.
Imec performs world-leading research in nanoelectronics. Imec leverages its scientific knowledge with the innovative power of its global partnerships in ICT, healthcare and energy. Imec delivers industry-relevant technology solutions. In a unique high-tech environment, its international top talent is committed to providing the building blocks for a better life in a sustainable society.
Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, and has offices in Belgium, the Netherlands, Taiwan, US, China and Japan. Its staff of more than 1,750 people includes over 550 industrial residents and guest researchers. In 2009, imec's revenue (P&L) was 275 million euro.
Imec is a registered trademark for the activities of IMEC International (a legal entity set up under Belgian law as a "stichting van openbaar nut”), imec Belgium (imec vzw supported by the Flemish Government), imec the Netherlands (Stichting imec Nederland, part of Holst Centre which is supported by the Dutch Government), imec Taiwan (imec Taiwan Co.). and imec China (IMEC Microelectronics (Shangai) Co. Ltd.).
For more information, please click here
Director of External Communications
T: +32 16 28 18 80
M: +32 474 30 28 66
Maestro Marketing & PR
T: +1 408 996 9975
M: +1 408 529 4210
Copyright © imecIf you have a comment, please Contact us.
Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.
|Related News Press|
News and information
Cutting-edge nanotechnologies are breaking into industries November 18th, 2016
STMicroelectronics’ Semiconductor Chips Contribute to Connected Toothbrush from Oral-B That Sees What You Don’t: Microcontroller and Accelerometer help brushers clean their teeth more effectively October 4th, 2016
Particle Works launches range of high quality magnetic nanoparticles August 31st, 2016
SUNY Polytechnic Institute Announces Total of 172 Teams Selected to Compete in Solar in Your Community Challenge: Teams from 40 states, plus Washington, DC, 2 Territories, and 4 American Indian Reservations, Will Deploy Solar in Underserved Communities April 20th, 2017
AIM Photonics Welcomes Coventor as Newest Member: US-Backed Initiative Taps Process Modeling Specialist to Enable Manufacturing of High-Yield, High-Performance Integrated Photonic Designs March 16th, 2017
Better living through pressure: Functional nanomaterials made easy April 19th, 2017
Wood filter removes toxic dye from water April 21st, 2017
Shedding light on the absorption of light by titanium dioxide April 14th, 2017
ATTOPSEMI Technology Joins FDXcelerator Program to Deliver Advanced Non-Volatile Memory IP to GLOBALFOUNDRIES 22 FDX® Technology Platform: Leading-edge I-fuse™ brings higher reliability, smaller cell size and ease of programmability for consumer, automotive, and IoT applications March 27th, 2017
Promising results obtained with a new electrocatalyst that reduces the need for platinum: Researchers from Aalto University have succeeded in manufacturing electrocatalysts used for storing electric energy with one-hundredth of the amount of platinum that is usually needed March 24th, 2017