University of the West of Scotland`s (UWS) Institute of Thin Films, Sensors & Imaging (ITFSI) are the academic partner within a recently secured ERANET Horizon 2020 project – “Chemical Sensor based on a Miniaturised Infrared Spectrophotometer”, total value £1.2M. Professor Des Gibson (principal investigator), Dr David Hutson and Dr Shigeng Song (co-investigators) are the UWS ITFSI academics involved in the project.
A project meeting was held at UWS 26th October with the projects industrial partners Sensatronics AG, Spectrolytics AG, Semefab Ltd, Gas Measurement Instruments Ltd, Inovasens (Turkey) and Helia Photonics Ltd. The project builds on ITFSI`s research in novel photonic based sensors with the ERANET Horizon 2020 project progressing applications in point of care medical devices, industrial safety, environmental monitoring and monitoring/ management of manufacturing processes.
ITFSI has a wide range of InnovateUK, STFC, Royal Academy of Engineering, Scottish Enterprise and Horizon 2020 funded projects. ITFSI has recently introduced a masters programme in Advanced Thin Film Technologies, and is commercialising research through two new company spin-outs: Novosound & Albasense.