Programme for Research-Development-Innovation on Space Technology and Advanced Research – STAR
(Romanian Space Agency)

Project: Microsensors matrix for air quality control in human space missions habitable areas

November 2013- February 2016

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General information
Coordinating organization: National Institute for Research and develompent in Microtechnologies, IMT Bucharest
Project Manager: Dr. Ileana Cernica, Head of Ambiental Technologies R&D Laboratory, IMT-Bucharest

National R&D Institute for Microtechnology, IMT Bucharest (Dr. Ileana Cernica)
Institute of Chemistry Timisoara, Romanian Academy, ICT (Dr. Eugenia Lenuta M. Fagadar-Cosma)
European Business Inovation and Research Centre SA, EBIC (Eng. Simion Dascalu )

Project description   Work plan

The general strategic objective of the project SAFEAIR is to participate to the fundamental formation of the space culture and the punctual strategic objective is to increase the research capability and the technological expertise of the consortium members in the field of sensors for space missions,microtechnologies (colorimetric gas sensors) and nanostructured materials (porphyrins). From these strategic objectives, the main goal of the project SAFEAIR is derived: to achieve a colorimetric microsensors matrix, assembled in multichip module technologies for air quality control in space missions habitable areas (space stations and long distance spatial missions).


(i) Study and documentation about air pollution in space missions habitable areas, colorimetric microsensors for gases detection and about porphyrin sensitive substances for detection of gases (2 months);
(ii) Simulation and technological experiments on obtaining the devices (including microfluidic device), and for synthesis of specific porphyrins (sensitive material); Experiments of individual technological processes for microsensors and about sensitive substances for detecting the target gases (7 months);
(iii) Technological designing and development of characterization techniques for the materials and thefunctional model; Obtaining the functional model of microsensor structures (7 months);
(iv) Technological development, assembling and testing the microsensor; Obtaining the functional model of the assembled microsensor; Technological optimization (6 months);
(v) Achieving the area of microsensors; Demonstrating the functionality; Technological documentationin concordance with ESA requirements (5 months)

  ISD Industry Space Days 2014, 3-4 June 2014, ESTEC Noordwijk The Nederlands, organised by ESA (poster)
Microsensors matrix for air quality control in human space missions habitable areas, Author: I. Cernica
  Presentation in the Romanian Space Week , 12-16 May 2014, Bucharest, Romania

Preliminary experiments for CO2 sensors based on porphyrins