AMG Technology Ltd.
Functionalized Microcantilever Sensors for Air Quality Monitoring
- Nano and Microelectronics
Existing technologies and capacities of the partners were successfully fused to demonstrate the advantages of the new technology for the fabrication of AQM sensors, according to the project plan. Technical, ecology and exploitation challenges were successfully met by on-chip integration of cantilevers for measurement of different AQ parameters, and on-package integration of microfluidic, actuation and interface members, altogether providing a dramatically improved performance of the AQM sensors.
Application-specific on-package Bio/Chemical functionalization of individual microcantilevers and arrays with varied patterns was performed and verified. That resulted in 4-6 times reduced costs, power and raw materials, demonstrated and verified. Furthermore, there were >10 times footprint and >10 times power consumption reduction demonstrated as well.
Key success factors
The key success factors were the parties' expertise and trust between the partners.
The partners shared an understanding of the subjects and learning of new R&D fields, like new product development. The lack of competition in the research area also played a role. Mutual trust between partners played a very significant and decisive role. Therefore, this project can be considered just as a trigger for future joint research.