Industryweek 11927 Mirphab Chemical Detection Photonics

Miniature Spectroscopy Sensor Project Has Big Industrial Ambitions

Sept. 19, 2016
A European team of researchers has created a manufacturing and supply chain to help companies commercialize its innovative chemical sensor.

New miniaturized spectroscopy sensor technology developed by a European consortium could do for chemical sensing what camera phones have done for visual imaging.

Developed by the MIRPHAB project, this sensor, which could be fitted on a drone, detects the specific frequencies of liquids or gases when they interact with light. The project's goal is to facilitate faster prototyping of viable Mid-IR sensors that could be commercialized by 2020 or earlier.

Some companies, such as Sky-Futures, are already capitalizing on hazardous area inspection via drones.

Some companies, such as Sky-Futures, are already capitalizing on hazardous area inspection via drones.
MIRPHAB stands for ‘Mid-Infrared photonics devices fabrication for chemical sensing and spectroscopic applications.’ That’s quite a big name, though it dreams small.

“We want to shrink current [spectroscopy] technology down to the size of a mobile phone,” MIRPHAB coordinator Sergio Nicoletti says.

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