TechConnect World 2018

Nanosensor Technology: Basics, Development and Applications

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Sunday, May 13, 2018, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA

Technology Focus

The need for physical, chemical, biological and other sensors is ubiquitous and new demands are arising with the emerging of wearable electronics, internet of things and other imaginative platforms, as well as defense and space applications. Sensor networks (such as distributed within a Smart City) feeding Big Data Analytics for optimization or decision making are of immense interest right now. Nanotechnology and nanomaterials offer many advantages to improve sensor performance metrics and reduce footprint, power consumption and cost.

Who Should Attend?

This short course is suitable for a wide audience including researchers involved in sensor development, material scientists exploring new application domains, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

Workshop Content

This short course will first introduce various definitions involved in sensing and sensor terminologies, performance metrics, common transduction methods, and conventional sensors and instruments currently in use that could be used for benchmarking nanosensors, followed by the motivation for nanosensors. The course will then introduce nanomaterials and show how nanomaterials have been found to be ideal for sensor development due to interesting physical, chemical, electrical, optical and other properties relative to their bulk counterparts. Examples of recent developments in physical, chem, bio and other sensors using nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes, graphene and other 2D materials will be discussed in detail.

Though nanosensor development efforts have been under way for more than a decade across the globe, commercial products are currently rare. Challenges associated with large scale fabrication, sensor reliability, performance vs. customer expectations, and other practical issues facing developers will be discussed.

Workshop Instructors

Wolfgang S. BacsaWolfgang S. Bacsa
University of Toulouse, France

Meyya MeyyappanMeyya Meyyappan
Chief Scientist for Exploration Technology at the Center for Nanotechnology
NASA Ames Research Center


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