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Thursday, 31 January 2013

Guardian Angels project receives funding to carry on

Guardian Angels, one of the four European FET Flagship finalists, will live on through funding from the Swiss institutes EFPL and ETH and from other partner institutions.

The project Guardian Angels for a Smarter Life, one of the six finalists in the European Commission’s Flagship programme, will continue on despite not having won the competition. Fifty-five of the Project’s 66 partners, including ICN, have confirmed their intention to carry on and pursue public-private partnerships involving national funding, the European Community, universities and diverse industrial partners.The Guardian Angels project is aimed at designing and fabricating revolutionary, self-powered intelligent devices for Medicine, Transport and the Environment. Its 66 partners encompass 29 universities, 16 research institutions and 21 companies, including IBM, Infineon, NXP, Philips, PSA, Sanofi, Siemens, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments and Thales.The Guardian Angels partners have joined forces to help develop the electronics of tomorrow, with an ambition to create Zero-Power devices that are completely energy autonomous. Zero-Power technology will in turn help to devise solutions to improve quality of life through new prevention and communication tools; medical devices focused on the human element; and prophylactic environmental sensors to monitor the quality of air, water and food. Additionally, the widely envisioned Internet of Things can only be fully realised through Zero-Power devices, which will autonomously communicate and operate in the background, helping people in manifold areas of their daily lives.ICN is involved through its ICREA Professors Clivia Sotomayor Torres, who heads ICN’s Phononic and Photonic Nanostructures Group, and Arben Merkoci, who leads ICN’s Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors Group.Prof Sotomayor Torres’ group will contribute its expertise in Phonon Engineering, with a special emphasis on nanoscale heat transport to provide a sound scientific basis for the Zero-Power strategies—namely, through the latest theoretical and experimental approaches to phonons in confined systems, non-destructive characterisation, and modelling of heat in nanostructures and across interfaces.Prof Merkoci’s group will seek to develop cutting-edge, yet simple, Nanotechnology-based biosensing platforms to create devices of interest for point-of-care diagnostics as well as for safety and security applications.“Everyone involved is so convinced that we must continue with the momentum, the cohesion, and work together as the Guardian Angels Consortium that we are now moving forward into a new chapter of research, development and technology transfer", said the Project’s coordinators Professors Adrian Ionescu of EPFL (Lausanne) and Christofer Hierold of ETH (Zurich).To visit the Guardian Angels project website, click here.