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GAS sensing Lab

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GAS sensing lab
Research Activities

The activities of the GAS sensing lab will be focus on the research and development of innovative optical gas sensing systems.
The detection and measurement of trace gas concentrations is of importance in a variety of applications, including environmental monitoring of greenhouse gases, disease diagnosis, industrial process control analysis, and detection of toxic and flammable gases. The GAS sensing Lab has extensive experience with the quartz-enhanced photoacoustic spectroscopy (QEPAS) technique, which uses a quartz tuning fork (QTF) as a detector for photo-acoustic signals. Using QEPAS, extremely small concentrations of potentially harmful gases (a few tens of parts per trillion) can be measured.
Leveraging this background, the GAS sensing Lab will focus its activity on the further development and implementation of novel gas sensing techniques and the realization of highly sensitive QEPAS trace-gas sensors.
The GAS sensing lab will endeavor to design and produce QTF designs, optimized for different operation conditions. These QTFs will be incorporated into jointly-designed acoustic detection modules to produce sensor prototypes for highly sensitive real-time measurements. The end goal is to provide portable solutions for in situ and real-time gas detection, leading to advancements in breath analysis, environmental monitoring, leaks detection, hydrocarbon gas sensing, and monitoring of toxic gases and explosive precursors

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Companies and Institutions
CNR-IFN - Istituto Nazionale di Fotonica e Nanotecnolog
Rice University -Houston (USA
Shanxi University (China)
OKSI System Inc. (USA
Hamamatsu Photonics (Japan)
CNR-INO Istituto Nazionale di Ottica
Pendar Technologies (USA)
Statek Co. (USA)
Centro Ricerche Fiat
University du Cote D’Opal (France)
Cambridge University (UK)
ETH-Zurich (Swizerland
Rutger University (USA
fundamental and applied research activities related to the design, creation and testing of optical sensors based on infrared lasers (laser diodes and quantum cascade lasers) and optoacoustic resonators (quartz diaphragm resonant cells and transducers, quartz diapason photoacoustic spectroscopy) for the detection of gaseous traces of organic and inorganic compounds at concentrations up to a few parts per trillion in volume (ppt).
Address / How to reach us
Room 237-DIF Department, 2nd floor
The service is active on weekdays during normal office hours for students, external collaborators and visitors, provided that a laboratory manager is present.