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Miniature on-chip Raman spectrometer for personal volatile organic compound (VOC) monitoring

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Project "MIRASPEC" data sheet

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city: GENT
postcode: 9000

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 Coordinator Country Belgium [BE]
 Total cost 149˙609 €
 EC max contribution 149˙609 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2017-PoC
 Funding Scheme ERC-POC
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-01-01   to  2019-06-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT GENT BE (GENT) coordinator 149˙609.00


 Project objective

We aspire to build the smallest and most lightweight Raman spectrometer in the world, with a target size of 5x10x1 mm3 and a weight of only 0.1 g. The innovation builds on the combination of three key results of the ERC Advanced Grant project InSpectra (2011-2017): 1. Demonstration of Nanophotonic waveguide Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (NERS); 2. Demonstration of a novel on-chip Fourier Transform Spectrometer (FTS); 3. Demonstration of the integration of III-V light sources on a silicon platform through bonding or transfer printing technologies. By using a standard CMOS process toolset for fabricating the Raman spectrometer, a cost-effective and high yield product can be guaranteed with a price level at least an order of magnitude lower than current commercial systems. The exceptional form factor of the spectrometer will generate a rich variety of innovative applications of Raman spectroscopy. A spectrometer this small can be implanted, incorporated in smartphones or smartwatches and fits into textiles, drones etc. In this ERC PoC project, we will build this miniature spectrometer and use it for the target application of detecting volatile organic compounds (VOC) for personal safety monitoring, both at work and at home.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Xiaomin Nie, Nina Turk, Yang Li, Zuyang Liu, Roel Baets
High extinction ratio on-chip pump-rejection filter based on cascaded grating-assisted contra-directional couplers in silicon nitride rib waveguides
published pages: 2310, ISSN: 0146-9592, DOI: 10.1364/ol.44.002310
Optics Letters 44/9 2020-01-30
2018 Roel Baets
An exploration of on-chip waveguide based modalities for ultra-compact and low-cost Raman spectroscopy
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International Conference on BioMedical Photonics 2020-01-30

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