OXiNEMS - Oxide Nanoelectromechanical Systems for Ultrasensitive and Robust Sensing of Biomagnetic Fields targets the development of nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS) devices fully made of (crystalline) transition metal oxides, a class of compounds that show a wide range of physical properties, with the perspective of introducing new classes of transducers with unprecedented detection/transduction mechanisms and integrating more functionalities into nanomechanical systems. This new technological approach will add multifunctional oxides to the repertoire of the current MEMS/NEMS field.

Our science-to-technology breakthrough is the realization of a proof of concept ultrasensitive oxides-based NEMS device for the detection of biomagnetic fields. The OXiNEMS team will implement ultrasensitive detectors able to measure very weak magnetic fields targeting those generated by human brain activity, of the order of tens of femtotesla. Importantly, these innovative sensors will be extremely robust to applied magnetic fields overcoming, for what concerns this aspect, the operational limitations of the sensors (namely SQUIDs - Superconducting QUantum Interference Devices) currently used worldwide in magnetoencephalographic (MEG) systems, that probe the functioning of the human brain.

Differently from SQUIDs, thanks to their sensitivity and robustness to strong static and pulsed applied fields, the OXiNEMS sensors are foreseen to allow the effective integration of MEG with other recently developed imaging techniques such as ultralow field (ULF) Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and with techniques traditionally non-compatible with MEG, such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). Thus, the new class of multifunctional sensors implemented in this project could give rise to a new generation of multimodal systems allowing to image brain activity and connectivity with high spatial and temporal resolution, with a sound impact on basic and clinical neuroscience.

Starting date May 1st 2019 – project duration 4 years – Total budget 3,176,802.50 Eur


Call for PhD position at the University of Chieti-Pescara

A call for an OXiNEMS PhD student has been launched at UdA. The topic of the research program is "Methods for the characterization and validation of an innovative device, based on nanoelectromechanical sensors, for the measurement of magnetic fields generated by biological tissues". The PhD student will participate to the project activities and interact with the other partners of the project.

The scholarship is comprised in the multidisciplinary PhD course in Neuroscience and Imaging. The students background should be Physics or Engineering.  The scholarship is about 15300 Euro/year including taxes, resulting in about 1100 Euro/month excluding taxes.

All details on the call can be found at the link https://www.scuolasuperiore.unich.it/bandi/bando-di-concorso-lammissione-al-dottorato-di-ricerca-xxxvi-ciclo-aa-20202021

The deadline is August 25th. To apply, the specific research program should be selected.
For further information please contact Stefania Della Penna: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

EU This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N.828784.© 2019 Cnr