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EPSRC Reference: EP/H023836/1
Title: Silicon photonic sensors and actuators for biological systems
Principal Investigator: Halsall, Professor MP
Other Investigators:
Magennis, Dr SW Bangert, Professor U Hamilton, Professor B
Kinloch, Professor IA
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
McMaster University
Department: Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Organisation: University of Manchester, The
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 October 2009 Ends: 31 March 2011 Value (£): 195,938
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Analytical Science Biological & Medicinal Chem.
Optical Devices & Subsystems System on Chip
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Electronics Environment
Healthcare
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
11 Sep 2009 Cross-Disciplinary Feasibility Account Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The aim of Silicon photonics is nothing less than the complete convergence of optics and electronics. In the first instance this endeaviour was aimed at oversoming the limitations imposed by nature in the transport of information using electrons. However, the work has already thrown up more general optical technologies which can be minaturised onto silicon chips. In fact, engineers are slowly building a whole optics toolbox on silicon, including detectors, modulators and spectrometers. The international consortium assembled for the current work have already made significant progress in providing the long sought after on-chip light source. The feasibility studies proposed here are aimed at building on the existing expertise found in the consortium and elsewhere to apply these technologies to the optical detection and manipulation of single biomolecules in a way than can be miniaturised giving devices that have such functionalities on a silicon chip. The impact of the work will be enhanced by the fact that the approaches used are compatible with those used during the manufacture of standard silicon chips and that the end products can be mass produced (at costs measured in cents per unit) for personalised health care applications in every home, doctor's surgery/pharmacist; for the detection of low level atmosphere or water born pollutants or for counter terrorism/military applications
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