An expanding demand for sensorial information in application domains such as healthcare, agriculture, waste management and food sorting urges for novel and cost-effective methods to sense the desired analytes with high sensitivity, high reliability and a small mobile device.
The Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN project xCLASS starts a training through research programme to address the severe shortage of expertise among European industrial graduates and PhDs aiming to fulfill the complete technology supply chain for the development of optical spectrometer systems.
The combination of high level advanced education by a consortium of a leading academia centre and the expertise of an industrial partner focussing on optical spectrometer systems, integrating the study and development of a disruptive compact high-performance optical spectrometer system is a unique feature of the training programme of xCLASS. This involves the realization of a miniature tuneable light source, based on a piezo-actuated Fabry-Pérot interferometer module, and the realization of a miniaturised low-cost integrated UV/VIS/NIR/SWIR spectrometer.
Four ESRs (Early Stage Researchers) have the chance to become leading experts in photonics in academy and industry and to contribute to Europe’s key societal challenges such as health, food safety and a sustainable environment.
For a duration of minimum 36 months, the PhD researchers will investigate, design, model, develop and integrate key photonic components for a low-cost miniaturized optical spectrometer system as part of xCLASS European Industrial Doctorates within the Marie Skolodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks.
Two research groups at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, B-PHOT Brussels Photonics, a renowned research group in the field of photonics and spectroscopy and ETRO, experts in sensor read-out and data processing at the Electronics and Informatics Department, collaborate with Anteryon as innovative industrial producer of medium- and high-volume optical components.
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