Solar powered nano-sensors for data acquisition and surveying in remote areas

Queensland Government
Smart Futures Fund – National and International Research Alliances Program 2008-09

The overall aim of the project is the study and production of a new class of sensors for data collection in remote areas using integrated nanomaterials powered by state of the art Dye Solar Cells (DSC). The sensors are constituted by forests of nanoscale metal oxides nanowires or carbon nanotubes coated by nanoparticles.  These detect target molecules and send a signal to the control electronic. The data are transmitted to the monitoring station by using built-in radio or UMTS technology. The system is powered by Dye Solar Cells, which are integrated in the sensor base.


  • Queensland University of Technology
  • DyeSol
  • University of Rome Tor Vergata