Surface ionization and novel concepts in nano-MOX gas sensors with increased Selectivity, Sensitivity and Stability for detection of low concentrations of toxic and explosive agents

  • Type of funding scheme: Collaborative Project – Small or medium-scale focused research project
  • Work programme topics addressed: NMP-2009-1.2-3 Nanotechnologies – coordinated calls with Russia
  • Topic C Sensing of toxic and explosive agents in air based on metal oxide semiconductor nano-structured materials.

Project Website: http://www.eurussias3.com/



MOX Semiconductors Gas Sensor Technology – From basics to application

Joint School of ISOCS and the S3 research project ,  10-14 May 2010 – Rimini, Italy

The S3 Spring School 2010 will cover topics including:

  • Chemical Sensing Mechanisms (Modelling)
  • Synthesis of Materials and Deposition
  • Electrical Characterization (Operation)
  • Spectroscopic Investigation (Understanding)
  • Driving Electronics and System Aspects
  • Application Issues


  • Prof. Elisabetta Comini, CNR-IDASC SENSOR Lab, Italy
  • Prof. Guido Faglia, CNR-IDASC SENSOR Lab, Italy
  • Prof. Udo Weimar, University of Tübingen, Germany
  • Prof. Sanjay Mathur, University of Cologne, Germany
  • Dr. Gerhard Müller, EADS, Germany
  • Prof. J. R. Morante, IREC & University of Barcelona, Spain
  • Prof. Alexander Gaskov, Moscow State University, Russia
  • Dr. Marina Rumyantseva, Moscow State University, Russia
  • Prof. Alexey Vasiliev, Kurchatov Institute, Russia


The objective of S3 is developing breakthrough technologies in gas sensing that will provide higher sensitivity and selectivity at reduced cost and power consumption. This objective will be pursued by bringing together excellence and complementary skills of EU and Russian groups. Enhanced sensitivity and selectivity will enable toxic and explosive gases – target gas species will be NO2 and TNT for explosives applications, NH3 and H2S for industrial environment and safety- to be detected against a background of air constituents and ubiquitous air contaminants. This task will be pursued by studying sensors and sensing principles based on semiconductor nanowires (NWs) molecularly engineered, in terms of doping level, used additives and /or functionalization processes and heterostructures (HSs)  and deposited onto SiO2/Si and/or alumina MEMS heater platforms.


R1    Kurchatov Institute, Institute of Applied Chemical Physics    RRC    R
EU2    EADS Deutschland GmbH – Innovation Works    EADS     D
EU3    IREC, Catalonia Institute for Energy Research    IREC    E
EU4    IPC, University of Tuebingen    EKUT    D
EU5    University of Koeln    UNIKO    D
R2    Moscow State University Chemistry Department    MSU    R
R3    Moscow Institute of Physical Engineering    MEPhI    R
R4    Research Institute of Electron Technique     NIIET    R