Technology Features & Specifications
Nanoplasmonic Sensing in general exploits metallic nanoparticles, usually Ag or Au, as local sensing elements, which offer a combination of unique properties; including ultrahigh sensitivity, small sample amount/volume (due to the tininess of the “sensor”, i.e. a nanoparticle typically in the 50 – 100 nm size range) and capability for fast, real-time (millisecond time resolution) remote readout.
The features can be summarized as:
- Highly sensitive yet robust; NPS is highly sensitive and can detect changes on the nanoscale. Unlike many other technologies is it also working in harsh environments and can measure with extreme sensitivity at high temperatures, during vibrations and with changes in pressure.
- Can be miniaturized; the sensing element is approximately 150 nm and one sensor is in principle only needed, allowing very small sensors. A number of sensor elements is usually needed but a fraction of a square mm will be sufficient as sensor area.
- Remote access; it is only optical access, through a small window or an optical fibre that is needed to access the sensor, enabling measurements in objects without wiring to the senor site.
- Scalable; the technology will be cost effective upon mass production were both sensors and the optical readout instrument can be made in quantities and at the size of a small circuit board.
The NPS-based research instruments are used to study phenomena’s such as
- Diffusion of small molecules into and out of a porous material
- Tg of ultra-thin polymer films and nanostructures/particles
- Hydrogen sensing/storage
- Monitoring Lipid Bilayers and Vesicles
- Molecular Binding and Biorecognition
- Improves the solar cell performance
The NPS technology is developed for sensor to:
- Improve electric vehicle battery performance through better monitoring of the inside of the battery and the chemical changes, rather than the Voltametric monitoring that today gives the input to the battery management system that controls the battery.
- Provide a multi-gas air quality sensor to give spatial and real time resolution of air quality to individuals and city planners to better combat harmful air quality in urban areas.
Market Trends and Opportunities
- The research instrument benefits from the increasing need to study material an processes on the nanoscale, of increased importance within the material-, cleantech and biotech science.
- The vehicle battery sensor is one of the technologies that will speed up the transformation to a fossil free transportation system.
- The air quality sensor gives the needed information to better combat the increasing problems with air quality in urban areas.
The total market for the technology is in the range of several billion USD for the combined value for the different applications. The IP protects the way to use a protective layer on the sensing elements that gives the unique ability to be sensitive yet robust for all different chemical sensing applications.
The over all benefits for all different applications are that a small, scalable, cost-effective, yet sensitive sensor can be applied for tough chemical environments. A more exact or cost-efficient sensor compared to existing sensor solutions (if any) can therefore be provided.
The company is also a provider of the full NPS based research system and look for further customers within academia or R&D within the material, cleantech or medtech sciences.