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Emelie - Nanomechanical infrared detector
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UN Sustainable Development Goals(SDG)
This innovation contributes to the following SDG(s)
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

The UN explains: "Significant strides have been made in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the common killers responsible for child and maternal mortality.

Major progress has also been made on increasing access to clean water and sanitation, reducing malaria, tuberculosis, polio and the spread of HIV/AIDS.

However, many more efforts are needed to control a wide range of diseases and address many different persistent and emerging health issues."

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

The UN explains: "Clean water is a basic human need, and one that should be easily accessible to all. There is sufficient fresh water on the planet to achieve this. However, due to poor infrastructure, investment and planning, every year millions of people — most of them children — die from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene."

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

The UN explains: "Our oceans — their temperature, circulation, chemistry, and ecosystems — play a fundamental role in making Earth habitable.

Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe, are all ultimately provided and regulated by the sea. Throughout history, oceans and seas have been vital conduits for trade and transportation. Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future."

The EU-funded Research Project
This innovation was developed under the Horizon Europe project NEMILIES with an end date of 31/05/2024
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Description of Project NEMILIES
The reliable and quantitative sensing of light is a fundamental task ubiquitous to modern technology. The infrared (IR) region of the electromagnetic spectrum hosts a wealth of intriguing interactions between radiation and matter, which are of particular interest for a wide range of applications including environmental, biological, chemical, pharmaceutical, and food & agriculture applications. Because of the low energy of IR photons, cryogenic cooling is required in order to reach the requisite high sensitivities in the mid- and far-IR. In our ERC PoC work (NIRD), we developed an uncooled IR sensor prototype based on a nanoelectromechanical system (NEMS), called NEMILIE, which can reach unprecedented sensitivity at room temperature. This radically new IR detector technology disrupts the IR detectors market with an innovative high-sensitivity solution able to reduce costs and penetrate industrial markets where cryogenic cooling is uncommon and impractical, opening an array of new possibilities. Our overall goal is to go beyond the proof of concept, bring our NEMILIE technology to maturity and achieve market readiness, thereby successfully transitioning our ERC PoC technology to market.

Innnovation Radar's analysis of this innovation is based on data collected on 20/07/2023.
The unique id of this innovation in the European Commission's IT systems is: 113926