Sensors and detectors strategy discussion: recap and next steps
On Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, more than 65 Argonne researchers participated in a strategy discussion on sensors and detectors at the TCS Conference Center in Bldg. 240.
The goal of the strategy event, organized by Nanoscience and Technology (NST), Nano Design Works (NDW), and Technology Development and Commercialization (TDC), was to identify both existing and potential Argonne capabilities in sensors and detectors. Argonne has the potential to increase its impact on global sensors and detectors development and is exploring opportunities in the areas of food, water, energy and health.
There were 25 technical presentations, covering a range of topics, including the Array of Things project; biosensors for biochemical and biological detection; submersible sensor systems for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear detection; bioprocess monitoring; piezoresistive tactile sensors and nanoparticle-enabled sensors; and Hall effect pickup sensors, such as superconductor-based detectors and millimeter-wave detection technologies.
“The forum enabled me to connect to a broad group of people, some of whom I am now actively exploring collaborations with to advance our research goals around our sensor platform,” said microbiologist Jack Gilbert (BIO), who presented on building an automated remote sensor for detecting bacterial communities. “I have no doubt that these interactions would not have occurred if it was not for this event.”
Presenters, attendees and other interested parties will be receiving a pictograph highlighting a tentative strategy for Argonne’s sensors and detectors initiative. The draft strategy is based on Argonne’s core capabilities, interests and industry needs and is influenced by the content of Monday’s presentations as well as market analyses.
The pictograph will be accompanied by a short survey requesting feedback and further information. Based on the feedback, NDW will invite interested principal investigators to meetings, with the goal of refining the strategy and forming a cross-cutting team that will identify and address pressing needs in sensors and detectors.
“Water is emerging as a grand challenge for infrastructure investments,” said water leader Seth Snyder (EGS), who also presented at Monday’s session. “Sensing and detection are essential to define efficient water systems. Argonne’s sensing initiative will enable us to develop and deploy new water treatment technologies to meet national goals in the water-energy nexus.”
The global market for sensors, valued at $91.2 billion in 2014, is expected to increase to more than $190.6 billion by 2021, at a compound annual growth rate of 11 percent over the five-year period from 2016 through 2021.
Since 2014, Argonne has produced more than 45 publications and 20 inventions and funded 17 Laboratory Directed Research and Development projects in the area of sensors and detectors research.