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PHOTO-FET - Integrated Photonic Field-Effect Technology for bio-sensing functional components

  • 26156
  • CORDIS - PROJECTS 01/01/2010
  • RISULTATO

The objective of this project is to develop a miniaturized cheap and disposable photonic device for bio sensing that is capable of performing quantitative diagnostic tests that are currently limited to a hospital laboratory setting. Our target product is a disposable device for monitoring cardiovascular health - an EU-wide healthcare priority. To date Microfluidic (or Lab-on-a-Chip) devices have not been well suited to point-of-care applications. Although the chips themselves are cheap and small, they must generally be used in conjunction with bulky optical light-sources and detectors. The lack of an integrated, versatile detection scheme is a major obstacle to the deployment of portable diagnostic devices. Consortium partners have demonstrated that integration of organic diodes and photodetectors is a viable route to meet this need. The purpose of this proposal is to develop a radically new generation of devices, in which organic photonic field-effect transistors are used for both light generation and detection. The use of transistors in place of diodes has four principle benefits. - Firstly they can be pre-fabricated on the substrate (the microfluidic chip), ensuring optimal registration between the organic photonic components and the underlying fluidic architecture. - Secondly the devices can be completed by depositing a single layer of organic semiconductor followed by the gate electrode, thus avoiding the need for complex multilayered structures. - Thirdly in-plane light generation by the transistors provides improved optical coupling into wave-guiding structures, leading to significant performance gains. - Fourthly current-multiplying auxiliary transistors can also be included thereby enabling immediate amplification of the signal at the point-of-generation. In combination these factors offer a compelling solution to the challenge of point-of-care detection that will offer unprecedented sensitivity and superior reliability at a markedly reduced cost.


Start date: 2010-01-01
End date: 2012-12-31

Duration: 36 months

Project Reference: 248052

Project cost: 4052694 EURO
Project Funding: 2750000 EURO

Subprogramme Area: Organic photonics and other disruptive photonics technologies
Contract type: Collaborative project (generic)


Coordinatore: CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE (ITALIA) - Michele MUCCINI

Altri Partecipanti

  • POLITECNICO DI MILANO  (ITALIA)
  • SAES GETTERS S.P.A.  (ITALIA)
  • IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE (UNITED KINGDOM)
  • CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA (SCHWEIZ)
  • MOLECULAR VISION LIMITED (UNITED KINGDOM)
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Quadro di finanziamento
  • 7FP-ICT : TECNOLOGIE DELL’INFORMAZIONE E DELLA COMUNICAZIONE: priorità tematica 3 nell'ambito del programma specifico “Cooperazione” recante attuazione del Settimo programma quadro (2007-2013) di attività comunitarie di ricerca, sviluppo tecnologico e dimostrazione
Area di interesse
  • Unione Europea