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. Some examples of such applications are intracranial pressure, cerebrospinal fluid, pulsatility, weight load, and strain.
NEMS are gaining importance in many sectors, like electronics, automotive and healthcare. The use of these devices enables the production of small chips with extended functionalities, improved performance and reliability.
The OXiNEMS project plans to develop NEMS devices made entirely of transition metal oxides, introducing a new class of multifunctional sensors.
This will pave new ways in brain imaging by addressing a critical challenge in neuroscience and clinical communities. It is capturing brain activity and connectivity with high spatial and temporal resolution through a combination of imaging procedures.
The OXiNEMS team is developing strategies for the integration of such devices into small-scale prototypes. The prospect looks at the development 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. Also, it assists in utilizing these findings for product or process development, creation, and marketing.
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).