Vmicro partnership in R&D project 

Interreg TERAFOOD 2017-2020

Introduction - English

The aim of the project is to develop a compact and low-cost sensor based on MEMS & Terahertz photonics that can be applied for the monitoring of the quality of packaged food. This will allow for extended shelf lives and the reduction of food waste. The project is coordinated by the CNRS (Institute of Electronics, Microelectronics and Nanotechnology, Lille) and involves partnership of Vmicro SAS, Ghent University, Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale, Flanders’ FOOD. This is a 4-year project.

Introduction - Nederlands

Het doel van het project is een compacte en goedkope sensor te ontwikkelen die gebruikt kan worden in voedselverpakkingen om voedselkwaliteit te monitoren en voedselverlies te reduceren. Het project wordt gecoördineerd door CNRS (Instituut voor Elektronica, Micro-elektronica en Nanotechnologie, Rijsel) en heeft als partners Vmicro SAS, Universiteit Gent, Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale en Flanders’ Food. Dit project duurt 4 jaar.

 Introduction - French

Le but du projet est de développer un capteur compact et bas coût - basé sur des technologies microsystèmes et de la photonique térahertz - et qui peut être utilisé dans des emballages de nourriture afin de contrôler la qualité de la nourriture et ainsi réduire les déchets. Le projet est coordonné par CNRS (Institute d’Electroniques, Microélectroniques et Nanotechnologie, Lille) et les partenaires sont Vmicro SAS, Université de Gand, Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale et Flanders’ Food. Le projet dure 4 années.

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ANR OLYMPIA 2014-2019

MNEMS probes for high-speed AFM

Increasing the scan rate of atomic force microscopy (AFM) has been an increasingly important challenge of the scientific and industrial communities. However still today, performing routine and user-friendly AFM experiments at video rate remains an unreachable goal in most cases. The conventional AFM probe based on a micro-sized vibrating cantilever is the major obstacle that currently limits the further development of high-speed AFMs. In this context, the project OLYMPIA aims at introducing a technological breakthrough in the field of AFM probes. The driving idea timely builds on the recent convergences of the fields of micro/nanosystems (MNEMS) technologies. OLYMPIA targets the proof of an innovative concept of AFM probes featuring:

(i) Unprecedented vibration resolution in AFM down to 10-16 m/√Hz, enabled by an innovative detection scheme,

(ii) Probe’s mechanical resonance frequency in the 100 MHz range;

(iii) Force resolution at the best level for high-speed imaging of nano-bio-systems.

The project OLYMPIA relies on a well-balanced consortium involving 4 laboratories: LAAS-CNRS in Toulouse, CEA-LETI in Grenoble, MPQ-Univ. Paris Diderot-CNRS in Paris and IEMN-CNRS in Lille. The 4 technical tasks deal with: (i) AFM probe specifications and system architecture, (ii) modeling, design and optimization of the devices, (iii) probe fabrication, and (iv) probe integration in AFM and proof-of-concept experiments. Thanks to these achievements, the OLYMPIA project will gain high visibility and will highly impact the scientific communities of MNEMS and AFM. In the longer term, the new class of AFM probes developed in OLYMPIA is envisioned to access the dynamical behaviour of systems at nanoscale. The expectation is particularly strong in the field of nanobiology where understanding the relationship between the conformational changes of biomolecules and their biological functions is of fundamental interest but remains a challenge today.