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Systems on chip with integrated micromechanical, THz, magnetic and electrochemical sensors

Research activity

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2.09.03  Engineering sciences and technologies  Electronic components and technologies  Microelectronics 

Code Science Field
T001  Technological sciences  Electronics and Electrical technology 

Code Science Field
2.02  Engineering and Technology  Electrical engineering, Electronic engineering, Information engineering 
advanced sensor systems, magnetic micro and nano systems on chip (SoC), ultra sensitive sensors for detecting different molecule of low concentration, artificial nose, sensors for e-health, sensors for farm soil classification, solid state terahertz sensor systems, IoT sensors for smart houses
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on February 28, 2024; A3 for period 2018-2022
Data for ARIS tenders ( 04.04.2019 – Programme tender , archive )
Database Linked records Citations Pure citations Average pure citations
WoS  182  776  673  3.7 
Scopus  243  1,221  1,032  4.25 
Researchers (23)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  39221  Damjan Berčan  Electronic components and technologies  Junior researcher  2020 - 2024  22 
2.  38444  Daniele Bertocchi  Engineering sciences and technologies  Technical associate  2020 - 2024 
3.  18018  Ivica Bertocchi    Technical associate  2020 - 2024 
4.  33297  Mitja Brlan    Technical associate  2020 - 2024 
5.  24915  Bruno Cacovich    Technical associate  2020 - 2024 
6.  51518  Miha Cacovich  Engineering sciences and technologies  Technical associate  2020 - 2024 
7.  31188  PhD Olga Chambers  Mathematics  Researcher  2020 - 2024  28 
8.  18020  Boštjan Fink    Technical associate  2020 - 2024 
9.  39222  PhD Miha Gradišek  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2020 - 2024  28 
10.  24914  Carmen Hladnik Prosenc    Technical associate  2020 - 2024 
11.  51909  PhD Tadej Krmac  Systems and cybernetics  Junior researcher  2020 - 2024 
12.  10303  Ratimir Kuzma Cigoj  Electronic components and technologies  Technical associate  2020 - 2024 
13.  00130  PhD Anton Pleteršek  Electronic components and technologies  Retired researcher  2020 - 2024  207 
14.  01675  PhD Dušan Raič  Electronic components and technologies  Retired researcher  2020 - 2024  86 
15.  24326  PhD Aleksander Sešek  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2020 - 2024  140 
16.  50658  PhD Tadej Skuber  Electronic components and technologies  Junior researcher  2020 - 2024  11 
17.  00166  PhD Drago Strle  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2020 - 2024  244 
18.  55923  Žiga Šmelcer  Electronic components and technologies  Junior researcher  2021 - 2024 
19.  34652  PhD Andrej Švigelj  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2020 - 2024  46 
20.  01927  PhD Janez Trontelj  Electronic components and technologies  Head  2020 - 2024  582 
21.  10476  PhD Janez Trontelj ml.  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2020 - 2024  60 
22.  53517  Ajda Tuševski  Electronic components and technologies  Junior researcher  2020 - 2024 
23.  13143  PhD Andrej Žemva  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2020 - 2024  647 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  1538  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Electrical Engineering  Ljubljana  1626965  27,613 
The proposed research program is a continuation of the existing program and is a natural extension and improvement of the research, to retain an important role in development of the state of the art in the field of sensor systems. The program is divided into three groups A, B and C. In group A the research program is addressing a wide range of advanced sensor system in the area of novel THz sensors systems including the technology development for improved antenna coupled micro or nano bolometer for extended THz range. In group B the program addresses the topic of ‘’artificial nose’’. The research of advanced capacitor array with functionalized surface for different molecules promises to enrich the possibilities to include these sensors to smart phones for environment pollution monitoring, to sensors for detecting the safety threats of terrorist attacks by being able to sense traces of explosive in the air, or to help to diagnose disease by analyzing the patients breath. It could be helpful as a low cost monitoring device for detecting food contamination or degradation due to expired date. In group C three different sensor systems are proposed: 1. - Integrated magnetic sensor arrays for advanced position and direction of movements 2. - Novel e-sensors for personal vital parameters monitoring 3. - Advanced Internet of Things (IoT) sensors for ‘’smart house’’. The ambition of the research program is to continue to be a part of novel developments in miniature magnetic based sensor systems for position and angle measurements to improve the accuracy of robots to obtain the surgical precision and allow the remote surgery with better outcome. The sensors for improving the personal well-being and health status monitoring is also an important research area which is addressed in the proposed research program. Advanced IoT sensors for ‘’smart house’’ are included in the research program to help Slovenian companies to compete in the IoT market with novel sensors, capable to substitute existing more expensive solutions with affordable sensor systems with equal or better performance.
Significance for science
The proposed research program provides one of the most important tools for the most scientific fields development, as the precise sensors enabled many major scientific discoveries or have been used to confirm scientific hypotheses. Although the objectives of the program are focused to the research and sensors development, without the development of new theoretical knowledge, the proposed goals would not be possible to fulfill. Sensors work effectively if they are connected into the systems that operate with the help of artificial intelligence. The development of new algorithms has a significant impact on the science in many segments of the proposed program. It influences the development of new technologies and the development of the theories and the research for extreme accuracy and sensitivity. We anticipate that a number of scientific articles in reputable magazines will be published from the subject of the program. In the area of ??THz technologies and THz sensors, we will develop new models and approaches to contribute to scientific understanding in the area of THz. As THz influences the development of interdisciplinary areas such as the materials parameters measuring and analyzing in the unexplored frequency domain. An important contribution to science is the research of the suitability of the THz technologies for applications in medicine, industry, control and management of the environment, of the production and distribution of food, etc. The further development of THz systems brings new challenges in the field of employing sensors and sensor electronics to systems with innovative approaches that go beyond the current state of the art and have to be developed with acquired  new knowledge and methods in science. The research results in the proposed project for detection of molecules in the air and in the liquids will impact the development of science in the areas of compressed sensing, impulse detection, neural networks, and spectral analysis of the adsorption/desorption noise. Proposed research directions will open routes for research-like methods and technologies in other natural sciences and techniques that are related to the methods of heterogeneous integration processes on silicon and efficient sampling and analysis of signals. The exploration of compressed sampling methods will allow power effective detection of extremely small changes on a large number of sensors which will be the basis for exploring the compressed sampling algorithms in other branches. The exploration of impulse sensing and neural networks integrated on the silicon allow the reduction of energy consumption for several orders of magnitude compared to the current methods and will have the important implications in other fields of research. The exploration of the adsorption/desorption noise spectrum can potentially drastically improve the selectivity of the chemical sensors and can potentially open-up research possibilities in other areas of the science. In the case of several sensory nano and micro systems, the main contribution to the science is the design of new sensor groups, especially in the field of magnetic, radio frequency and optical elements. The development of new sensing methodologies is mandatory as well as invention of new processing techniques of various physical quantities using new acquired knowledge. With help of theoretical assumptions confirmed by simulations, we want to design new models or upgrade some known models with new findings of existing sensor structures.
Significance for the country
The aim of the proposed program results is to transfer the research results into product development in high technology industry segment, especially in Slovenia but also globally. The research team has excellent references from the past funding period, since it has significantly contributed to the Slovenian electronic industry as well as to the multi-national companies. We expect that innovation, inventions and new solutions, as in previous periods, will contribute to the increase in benefit of the industry, which is closely linked to the program group. In the last few months, the research group has filed two patent applications in the area of ?? angle and position sensors and the third is in preparation. The integration of the program group into the Slovenian economy is most evident in the Slovenian-English company RLS - Renishaw, where the largest or decisive influence was contributed by the program leader with his invention of an integrated sensor system for angle and position measurement. The company's excellent worldwide position has been acquired and retained by products based on this invention. In order to maintain a competitive advantage of the company, the proposed research is essential. Monitoring blood glucose levels has great potential at health improving of the population. In the program, we propose the design of an affordable personal glucose meter. As the high percentage of people has a diabetes diagnosis, such a glucose meter would improve patient health and help in early diagnostic of the disease and in more effective treatment.
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