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Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)

Partner N° 2: Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR); Country: Italy


The National Research Council (CNR) is a public organization; its duty is to carry out, promote, spread, transfer and improve research activities in the main sectors of knowledge growth and of its applications for the scientific, technological, economic and social development of the Country.To this end, the activities of the organization are divided into macro areas of interdisciplinary scientific and technological research, concerning several sectors: biotechnology, medicine, materials, environment and land, information and communications, advanced systems of production, judicial and socio-economicsciences, classical studies and arts. In particular, the CNR unit of Brescia (SENSOR Lab), specifically dedicated to sensors, will participate in the project.
Expertise and role in the project
CNR, in particular, the CNR unit of Brescia (SENSOR Lab) involved in the project has a large expertise in the development of gas sensors and pattern recognition software required to configure sensor arrays for specific applications, such as safety and security, environmental and food quality control. Within the SNOOPY project, CNR activities will focus on the characterization of gas sensors and gas sensor arrays toward key gases and gas blends in lab test, using pattern recognition techniques to identify the most suited sensor array and calibrate the SNOOPY array. Different sensor protocols, such as temperature profiles, suited to increase the number of features extracted form sensors, will be tested. CNR will also participate in the experimental design of field tests and in dissemination and management activities.
Key staff

Dr Andrea Ponzoni is researcher at the CNR, unit of Brescia (SENSOR Lab). He got the MS degree in Physics in 2000 and the PhD in Materials for Engineering in 2006. His research activity is mainly dedicated to the development of metal oxide based gas sensors and their use in specific applications, including safety and security, environmental monitoring and food-processing control. He has participated as researcher in several projects, including FP6-001528 NANOS4 and FP7-247768 S3, where he contributed to the development of gas sensors and electronic nose systems that are going to be used in this project. He has published 40 paperson peer reviewed journals and given presentations at more than 20 conferences in the field. His h-index is 14.
Dr. Camilla Baratto is a researcher in SENSOR Lab –CNR in Brescia. She graduated in Physics with honours at the University of Parma in 1997. She started her collaboration with the University of Brescia with a grant from INFM in 1998. In 2002 she received her Ph.D. degree in material science at the University of Brescia, with a thesis on porous silicon based gas sensors. Research interests are: photoluminescence and Raman spectroscopy; preparation and characterization of gas sensors of nanostructured metal oxides; characterization of metal oxides nanowires and nanostructures; deposition by magnetron sputtering of transparent conducting oxides; study of heterojunction between ZnO nanowires and GaN to realize innovative LED. She has been involved in a series of national and international research/industrial projects since 2000 in basic and applied physics research on semiconductors and their application as gas sensor.During her career Camilla Baratto has published 48 articles on International Journals with referee. Her h-index is 19.