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OXiNEMS: A New Generation of Multifunctional Sensors For Brain Research

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 OXiNEMS is a European project aimed at developing Nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS) from transition metal oxides to measure weak magnetic fields generated by brain activity.

NEMS are devices integrating electrical and mechanical functionality on the nanoscale level. They can function as biosensors to monitor important physiological variables during surgical procedures, such as intracranial pressure, cerebrospinal fluid, pulsatility, weight load, and strain.

NEMS are gaining importance in many sectors, like electronics, automotive and healthcare, as the use of these devices enables the production of small chips with extended functionalities, improved performance and reliability.

Why Is It Imprtant?

The OXiNEMS project plans to develop NEMS devices made entirely of transition metal oxides, introducing a new class of multifunctional sensors. 

This will open new directions in the field of human brain imaging by facing one of the most critical current challenges of neuroscience and the clinical community: to image brain activity and connectivity with high spatial and temporal resolution combining various procedures in the field of human brain imaging.

The OXiNEMS team is developing strategies for the integration of such devices into small-scale prototypes, with the prospect of new large-scale commercial multimodal instruments.

Maximising the Use of OXiNEMS Research

META Group is supporting OXiNEMS in maximizing the exploitation of research results and the use of these findings in developing, creating and marketing potential products or processes.

The project is coordinated by the Italian National Research Council in partnership with META Group, Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden), University of Hamburg (Germany), D'Annunzio University of Chieti – Pescara (Italy), and Quantified Air BV (Netherlands).

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