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The project proposes to develop new sensors based on nano MOX (Metal Oxide) and CNT (Carbon Nanotubes) materials for VOC detection, integrated into a smart portable system providing quantitative information about the concentration of Formaldehyde and Benzene as VOCs in indoor air.

The focus of the project will be on the development of New sensors, highly sensitive, and selective, for detection of the most dangerous VOCs affecting the human health at low concentration exposure and with a high probability to be found in houses and working environments: Formaldehyde and Benzene. 

Within VOC-DETECT Project, we will design and prototype new sensors for VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) detection together with associated electronics for signal reading, processing, acquisition, analysis and diagnosis, providing at the end a Smart portable system to be used in houses or working environment. 

The innovation objectives can be identified in:
a) new materials and sensors for detection of Formaldehyde and Benzene at unprecedented sensitivity;
b) sensor array design and advanced nanofabrication technology, based on four arms suspended silicon membrane;
c) sensor data processing, algorithms development for sensor calibration and selective detection of Formaldehyde and Benzene;
d) low cost smart system integration and fabrication;
e) communication on mobile phone. [ more details....]

¤ General data:

  • Project duration: May 2019- May 2022
  • Project budgeti: 257 500 Euro


 Nou! Results 2022 (September 2022)

¤ Results 2021 (December 2021)

Expected results:

  • New sensors for VOCs detection to be used in indoor air monitoring;
  • Advanced design and technology for MOX sensor and micro-heater integration on the same chip;
  • The technology of the nanostructured oxide materials with controlled architecture attained by the experimental methods described above for high sensitivity to formaldehyde and benzene;
  • The prototype of smart system including multiple sensors, electronic modules with data acquisition, algorithms and software for calibration and data processing tested in real environment applications and mobile phone communication.

¤ Other project related results:

  • Increasing of the international cooperation, working in a multidisciplinary field, generating the potential for H2020 and beyond projects;
  • Contribution to: improving the quality of life and people’s health by use of VOC sensors measuring the formaldehyde and benzene which have a carcinogenic potential; reducing the medical costs, enhancing medical research in establishing the relation between the air quality and diseases;
  • Articles published annually in ISI journals;
  • Participation to national and international conferences;
  • Training young people in the project by doctoral programs (topics related to the project subject).
  • Technology licencing or other available IPRs (Patents) to be transferred to the end-users or users in order to take advantage of the above results for business purposes.



National Institute for Research and Development in Microtechnologies-  IMT Bucharest- coordinator

Ilie Murgulescu” Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Romanian Academy, Romania
Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Science, Centre for Energy Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

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Project financed by The Executive Unit for the Financing of Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation (UEFISCDI), PNIII, Program 3. European and international cooperation,  Subprogramme 3.2 Horizont 2020
Project type: M-Era.Net Projects, Contract No. 112/2019

National Institute for Research and Development in Microtechnologies- IMT Bucharest
Project director: Dr. Carmen MOLDOVAN
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