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Sensor technologies

Electronic nose for meat expiration date prediction:

In collaboration with AmiNIC ApS and Fraunhofer ISIT, we have demonstrated a high sensitive and selective method for determination of meat and fish expiration dates using micro-cantilever sensors for detection of a meat freshness biomarker gas (cadaverine). 

The research and development are divided into three main blocks:

Micro-cantilever design and fabrication:
- Multi-cantilever systems for overcoming sensor non-linearities (funded by DFF green initiatives)
- Cantilevers based on SU-8 materials (funded by GUDP + commer- cialization activities)

Cantilevers functionalization with cadaverine-selective binder:
- Cantilever surface modification for reproducible functionalization (master thesis) 
Cantilever structuring for reproducible functionalization (funded by EU-lump sum)

- Testing and calibration (funded by commercialization activities)
- Reliability (funded by commercialization activities)       
- Algorithm (bachelor thesis)



Sensor for healthcare:

Access and acceleration is an Interreg Denmark-Deutschland project which brings research closer to the healthcare sector. Several projects in collaboration with Abena Holdings and AmiNIC Aps are developing solutions for healthcare challenges. Here are some examples:


This project is developing a hand-held device based on piezoelectric membranes for the sensing of breath biomarkers, which can indicate a series of diseases in a quick way. The proof-of-concept is being developed to detect COVID-19 biomarkers in breath. Framework: Experts in Teams project.

Colorimetric facemasks:

This project aims to demonstrate a method for facemasks which change color when exposed to the breath of persons with pulmonary infection. Funding: Fabrikant Mads Clausen Foundation.

Smart pill sorting:

In collaboration with Abena, a group of students is developing a new solution for intelligent sorting and management of medical pills for hospital and elderly care sectors. Framework: Experts in Teams project.


Water quality monitoring:

We research and develop solutions to address physical, chemical and biological pollution in water. Collaboration: WaterCare Guard, Copenhagen Nanosystems, J-W Teknik, Feevale University, IIT Bombay.

Physical particles:

Nanoparticle sorting: For the checknano project, we have demonstrated the sorting of nano and micro particles by size via microfluidic chips, as pre-sorting for nanoparticle detection. Funding: Interreg Denmark-Deutschland.

Chemical pollution:

Vinyl Chloride sensing in water: In collaboration with WaterCare Guard and Copenhagen Nanosystems, we are developing surfaces for capture of vinyl chloride molecules in water samples. Funding: DigitaliseringsBoost. 
Geosmin sensing in water: In collaboration with J-W Teknik, we are developing an electrochemical sensing for detection of geosmin in water samples. Funding: Commercialization Activities.

Biological pathogens:

Adenovirus detection in water: In collaboration with Feevale University, we have developed a method to pre-concentrate Human Adenovirus in water samples. Funding: CAPES.
E-Coli detection in water: In collaboration with Copenhagen Nanosystems and IIT Bombay, we are developing a method to detect e-coli in water samples. Funding: Innovation Fund Denmark.


Sensor development:

Thermal Mass Flow Sensors for aeronautic applications:

This project prototypes a robust thermal mass flow sensor for aircraft speed measurements. The work is performed with the Aeronautics Tech Institute and Embraer in Brazil. Framework: PhD project and Bachelor project.

Fabric-based gas sensors:
- This project explores the flexibility and functionality of ZnO tetrapods for the development of gas sensors embedded in fabrics. Framework: Master project.


NanoSYD members working within this field

Roana de Oliveira Hansen, Associate Professor
Jacek Fiutowski, Associate Professor
Tatiana Lisboa Marcondes – Industrial Postdoc
Lawrence Nsubuga – PhD student
Deborah Curtis – Research assistant
Eduardo Tannhauser – Research assistant
Simon Overgaard Høegh – Guest researcher
Arthur Blaser – Student assistant
Gabriel-Ioan Dudas – Student assistant
Kiana Kavianynejad – Student assistent
Lucas de Carvalho Ribeiro – PhD student
Sabita Acharya - Master student
Raisa Sadat Sharmin - Master student
Zoltan-Mihaly Torok – Bachelor student
Jesus Sanmartin Gonzalez-Haba – Bachelor student
Mary Dannia Raju – Bachelor student
Xabier Aítor Adin Vallespir – Bachelor student
Jamal Salvi – Bachelor student

Previous NanoSYD members working within this field

James Hoyland, Assistant professor

Shakil Ahmed, PhD student

Casper Kunstmann-Olsen, Postdoc

Juliana Schons Gularte, PhD student


Funded projects

AmiNIC commercialization activities

Project duration: 1 January 2019 – 31 December 2022

Project partners: University of Southern Denmark and AmiNIC ApS


Cantilin – High-accuracy prediction of meat expiration dates by overcoming non-linearity barriers for microcantilever biosensors, Danish Council for Independent Research – Green Transition

Project duration: 1 March 2021 – 28 February 2024

Project partners: University of Southern Denmark, Fraunhofer ISIT and AmiNIC ApS


High-Tech development of game-changing innovation for food waste reduction, EU- Coordination and support action Lump sum

Project duration: 1 September 2020 – 28 February 2022

Project partners: University of Southern Denmark and AmiNIC ApS


Paanee – Photons and AI for Aquifer monitoring Needs: A cyber-physical system for monitoring groundwater qualityInnovation Fund Denmark

Project Duration: 2021-2024

Project Partners: University of Southern Denmark, Copenhagen Nanosystems and IIT Bombay.


J-W teknik commercialization activities

Project duration: 2021-2022

Project partners: University of Southern Denmark and J-W teknik

Access and Acceleration, INTERREG Denmark-Deutschland
Project duration: 2019-2022


Development of sensors for Vinyl Chloride detection in water, DigitaliseringsBoost

Project duration: 2021-2022

Project partners: University of Southern Denmark, WaterCare Guard and Copenhagen Nanosystems


Smart masks for healthcareFabrikant Mads Clausens Fond

Project Duration: 2020-2021


AmiNIC – MEMS sensors for meat quality assessment, AutomationsBoost

Project Duration: 2017-2019

Project Partners: University of Southern Denmark/MCI and AmiNIC ApS


Plasmonic gas sensors, Fabrikant Mads Clausens Fond

Project Duration: 2016-2017


Smart Surfaces for sensors, Fabrikant Mads Clausens Fond

Project Duration: 2018-2019


Stimulus-active microfluidic calibration platformFabrikant Mads Clausens Fond

Project Duration: 2019-2020


Blue Unit water chemical sensorsAutomationsBoost

Project Duration: 2017-2019


Lab-on-Chip technique for food quality control in the food and bio industry, INTERREG 4A
Project duration: 1 January 2009 - 31 December 2013
Project partners: University of Southern Denmark/MCI (lead partner), University of Applied Sciences Flensburg, University of Applied Sciences Kiel


Water quality sensing platforms for ecological management of urban rivers, Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation / networking.

Project duration: Jan – December 2017

Project Partners: : International Institute of Ecology, Federal University of São Carlos, Feevale University (Brazil), University of Southern Denmark



Mamou D, Nsubuga L, Lisboa Marcondes T, Høegh SO, Hvam J, Niekiel F, Lofink F, Rubahn H-G, de Oliveira Hansen R. Surface Modification Enabling Reproducible Cantilever Functionalization for Industrial Gas Sensors. Sensors 21(18):6041, 2021.

Matiyas Korsa*, Josep Maria Carmona Domingo, Lawrence Nsubuga, Jeanette Hvam, Florian Niekiel, Fabian Lofink, Horst-Günter Rubahn, Jost Adam, Roana de Oliveira Hansen*. Optimizing piezoelectric cantilever design for electronic nose applications. Chemosensors, 2020.

Niki Alexi*, Jeanette Hvam, Birgitte Lange Winther Lund, Lawrence Nsubuga, Roana de Oliveira Hansen, Fabian Lofink, Derek Byrne and Jørgen Leisner. “Cadaverine as a freshness indicator of microbial and Quality Index Method (QIM) quality of chilled Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) steaks: The potential of novel biosensor technology for shelf life prediction”. Food Control, 2020.

Juliana Gularte*, Roana de Oliveira Hansen, Meriane Demoliner, Jacek Fiutowski, Ana Eisen, Fagner Heldt, Paula Almeida, Horst-Günter Rubahn and Fernando Spilki. “Functionalized Surfaces as a Tool for Virus Sensing: A Demonstration of Human mastadenovirus Detection in Environmental Waters”. Chemosensors 2021

Carlos André Bravo Costa, Dionis Grazhdan, Jacek Fiutowski, Eric Nebling, Lars Blohm, Fabian Lofink, Horst-Günter Rubahn and Roana de Oliveira Hansen*. “Meat and fish freshness evaluation by functionalized cantilever-based biosensors” Microsystem Technologies, 26(3), 867-871, 2020.

Roana de Oliveira Hansen*, Mária Mátéfi-Tempfli, Romans Safonovs, Jost Adam, Steffen Chemnitz, Tim Reimer, Bernhard Wagner, Wolfgang Benecke, Stefan Mátéfi-Tempfli “Magnetic films for electromagnetic actuation in MEMS switches” Microsystem Technologies 24 (4), 1987-1994, 2018.

Shakil Ahmed, Jong Wook Noh, James Hoyland, Roana de Oliveira Hansen*, Helmut Erdmann and Horst-Günter Rubahn. “On-chip Immunomagnetic Separation of bacteria by in-flow dynamic manipulation of paramagnetic beads”. Applied Physics A 122:955, 2016.

Ying Wang, Carlos André Bravo Costa, Elzbieta Karolina Sobolewska, Jacek Fiutowski, Robert Brehm, Jörg Albers, Eric Nebling, Fabian Lofink, Bernhard Wagner, Wolfgang Benecke, Horst-Günter Rubahn and Roana de Oliveira Hansen* “Micro-cantilevers for optical sensing of biogenic amines” Microsystem Technologies 24 (1), 363-369, 2016.

Lucas de Carvalho Ribeiro*, Matiyas Tsegay KorsaO. SaotomeJ. AdamRoana Melina de Oliveira Hansen. Design of a Micro-Machined Flow Sensor for Aircraft Air Data Systems Application: Mechanical Considerations. ICMMT 2020 : XIV. International Conference on Microelectronics and Microsystems Technology, 2020.

L. C. Ribeiro*, M. L. Oliveira, R. A. Souza, S. P. L. Vieira, W. O. Avelino, C. F. R. Oliveira, S. W. de Lima Monteiro, F. S. Torres,Roana Melina de Oliveira Hansen. “Design Criteria of a Thermal Mass Flow Sensor for Aircraft Air Data Applications” 31st Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences, 2018.

Ying Wang, Elzbieta Karolina Sobolewska, Jacek Fiutowski, Jörg Albers, Eric Nebling, Bernhard Wagner, Wolfgang Benecke, Horst-Günter Rubahn and Roana de Oliveira Hansen* “Functionalizing micro-cantilevers for meat degradation measurements” IEEE proceedings, 2016 Symposium on Design, Test, Integration and Packaging of MEMS and MOEMS, 151-154, 2016.



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Last Updated 09.11.2021