About NanoNose

The scope of the NanoNose program is to develop a gas sensor - or an “artificial nose” based on polymer cantilever arrays and an optical detection system. The principle is that molecules adsorbed on a micrometer-sized cantilever will cause the cantilever to deflect due to changes in surface stress. Alternatively, a mass change can be detected by monitoring a shift in the resonant frequency of the cantilever. For mass detection the cantilever should be as small as possible (nanometer dimensions) in order to increase the mass sensitivity. The artificial nose will be capable of accurately recognizing and quantifying a number of different airborne chemical entities present at extremely low concentrations simultaneously.

The research project is a collaboration between MIC  - Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology and COM•DTU – Department of Communications, Optics and Materials, both at DTU, The Polymer Department at RISØ, and Centre for Microtechnology and Surface Analysis at DTI. The project furthermore has a strong collaboration with the companies Alight Technologies A/S, Unisensor A/S, Niro A/S and Danfoss A/S. The companies will identify and test specific application of the artificial nose and provide key technological components.

The Nanonose research programme is supported by the ministry of research and innovation and the project was awarded through the NABIIT programme.

Final status report, March 2011