Current Projects


Films Multifonctionnels (ERDF program 2014 - 2020)

Films Multifonctionnels is a huge projects portfolio that pools state-of-the-art scientific expertise and equipment in the field of coatings. Within the portfolio, Locoted projects aim to develop new efficient and low-cost thermoelectric films, to be implemented in thermoelectric generators for both heat waste recovery in industry and autonomous sensors nodes power supply. Microsys is in charge of developing a prototype of autonomous microsystem that harvests its energy through these new materials. The prototype will integrate into one miniaturized device the thermoelectric film, the sensors and the electronic system.

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Food Screening EMR (2021 – 2023)

The project Food Safety EMR aims at supporting local SMEs in the transition to the future-proof farming industry. The aim of the project is to provide these enterprises with the newest insights into best practices and technological advances by adapting a co-creation process between euregional farmers and food producers on the one hand and technological SMEs in the region and the key euregional universities on the other hand. The Sensor Engineering Department of UM will collaborate with IMO-IMOMEC to develop these receptors, couple them to suitable dyes and integrate the dye-loaded vitamin receptors into a lab-on-a-chip or lab-on-a-card technology. This will enable end-users to liquify their products and analyze their vitamin content using a simple dipstick. Binding of vitamins to the receptors in the dipstick will lead to displacement of the dye to a detector pad in the dipstick displaying a color reaction. The more intense the coloring in this zone, the more vitamin C was present in the original sample under study. To quantify this reaction on-site and to turn the color signal into a concentration reading, UM and IMO-IMOMEC will team up with the engineering departments of RWTH Aachen and ULiège (Microsys). The consortium aims to develop a handheld readout tool that enables the end-user to plug in the dipstick loaded with the food sample and interpret the result on-site on a display or a laptop onto which the readout device can be plugged in.

Ref:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=heIqOXTIT1M

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Intense4Chem (ERDF program 2014 - 2020)

Intense4Chem project portfolio targets the development of intensified, low-cost, fast, efficient and with a reduced environmental impact processes in order to produce key molecules for the chemical industry. In particular, Flow4Reactors projects, in which Microsys is taking part, aims at intensifying chemical processes by means of catalytic structured microreactors. Microsys is in charge of developing a fully integrated sensing and regulation system that will eventually be integrated to the microreactor prototype. This task includes both the hardware design of the regulation platform and the implementation of the user interface.

Flow4Reactors GUI overview
Flow4Reactors GUI overview

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MAVERIC (2017 – 2021)

The objective of the MAVERIC project is to develop passive and hybrid (passive/active) adaptive vibration absorber with application mainly in aeronautics. Within the framework of the project, Microsys objective is implementing energy harvesting methods in order to ensure the energy autonomy of the absorber. Indeed, in the main application case targeted by the project (aircraft engine components), a wired power supply is not possible due to rotating parts. An optimized electromagnetic harvester, including the electronic power management unit, is being developed and tested.

Test bench for rotational electromechanical energy harvesters & magnetic field simulation
Test bench for rotational electromechanical energy harvesters (left), magnetic field simulation (right)

Ref:

P. Laurent, J.-F. Fagnard, F. Dupont and J.-M. Redouté, "Optimization of the Power Flow Generated by an AC Energy Harvester for Variable Operating Conditions", in IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers, vol. 69, no. 6, pp. 2625-2636, June 2022, doi: 10.1109/TCSI.2022.3156691.

Avec le soutien de la Wallonie ULiège ULB Safran Techspace Aero

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MONA (2021 – 2023)

The MONA project aims to design a Small Energy Harvester System (SEHS), scavenging mechanical energy and converting it into electrical energy in order to power a communication unit or a battery charging device. While most of the mechanical energy harvesters are dedicated to operate at a specific frequency (vibrating mass), the proposed system has the significant advantage to work in an extended frequency range, as well as to be activated by a variety of movements, including a single actuation from a finger or foot depressing a push-button, mechanical vibration during motorized transportation or a sudden shock. The SEHS will consist in a small device (typ. D = 30 mm, H = 10 mm) that can be actuated either from depressing the SEHS (finger/foot/wheel...) or shaking the SEHS (vibration/shocks). Microsys is in charge of the SEHS modeling and implementation, as well as the power management unit design and optimization.

Belspo (Belgian Science Policy Office) FN Herstal

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Micro+ (ERDF program 2014 - 2020)

The research in Micro+ is structured around three main objectives related to miniaturized sensor systems. The first is to make microsystems more robust, for applications in harsh environments and in order to increase their lifetime. The second objective is to make microsystems more autonomous. This is done mainly by reducing the power consumption of the sensors and components. Energy harvesting and power management units are also research topics within the project. Finally, the last objective is to extend the wireless capabilities of the microsystems, e.g. increased range or innovative geolocalization features. In addition to these research topics, the project budget also allows for the acquisition of several pieces of equipment: an automatic wirebonder, a high-resolution thermal imaging system, a micro-milling machine etc.

Autonomous sensor node for environmental monitoring Ultra-thin assembly made with anisotropic conductive film
Autonomous sensor node for environmental monitoring (left); ultra-thin assembly made with anisotropic conductive film (right)
Customized packaging for MOX gas sensor Micro-coil laser patterned on flexible PCB
Customized packaging for MOX gas sensor (left); micro-coil laser patterned on flexible PCB (right)

Ref:

S. Stoukatch, J.-F. Fagnard, F. Dupont, P. Laurent, M. Debliquy and J.-M. Redouté, "Low Thermal Conductivity Adhesive as a Key Enabler for Compact, Low-Cost Packaging for Metal-Oxide Gas Sensors", in IEEE Access, vol. 10, pp. 19242-19253, 2022, doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2022.3151356.

J.-F. Fagnard, S. Stoukatch, P. Laurent, F. Dupont, C. Wolfs, S. Lambert, J.-M. Redouté, "Preparation and Characterization of a Thermal Insulating Carbon Xerogel-Epoxy Composite Adhesive for Electronics Applications", IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 606-615, April 2021.

F. Dupont, S. Stoukatch, P. Laurent, J.-M. Redouté, "Fine Pitch Features Laser Direct Patterning on Flexible Printed Circuit Board", Elsevier Optics and Lasers in Engineering, vol. 126, 2020.

S. Stoukatch, N. André, T. Delhaye, F. Dupont, J.-M. Redouté, D. Flandre, "Anisotropic conductive film & flip-chip bonding for low-cost sensor prototyping on rigid & flex PCB", accepted for presentation at the IEEE Sensors Conference, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2020, pp. 1-4, doi: 10.1109/SENSORS47125.2020.9278669.

L. Joris, F. Dupont, P. Laurent, P. Bellier, S. Stoukatch, J.-M. Redouté, "An Autonomous Sigfox Wireless Sensor Node for Environmental Monitoring", IEEE Sensors Letters, 2019.

Avec le soutien de la Wallonie ULiège UCLouvain UMons Sirris

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SWS (2016 – 2021)

The SWS (Secure Weapon System) project aims to increase the safety of weapons by implementing three new functionalities: user recognition, electric firing and energy harvesting. Microsys is in charge of developing the energy harvesting module. The primary objective of this module is to collect enough energy to power the weapon user recognition system developed by project partners. The secondary objective is to increase significantly the quantity of energy collected in order to enable electric firing.

Prototype installed on a test bench
Prototype installed on a test bench for electromechanical energy harvesters

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SyMPA (2022 – 2026)

The aim of this research project is to develop a novel ambulatory system - hardware and associated signal processing algorithms - to simultaneously record gait and physiological data during irregular real-life activities simulated in a controlled lab. Microsys is in charge of the hardware part of this system that will be based on innovative wearable sensor technologies and will be developed in order to robustly and continuously record these data while meeting the participants' satisfaction and usability requirements. Versatile signal processing algorithms will be developed by projects partners to robustly and accurately extract micro/macro-level gait and physiological features. The feasibility and validation of this system will be investigated using reference gait and physiological state systems in groups of patients suffering from the Parkinson's disease (PD) and healthy volunteers, during real-life scenarios. The proposed system will potentially provide a new scientific knowledge with respect to specific gait and physiological patterns and will be beneficial for an early diagnosis of the PD to slow its progression, and for an accurate analysis about the effectiveness of treatments.

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TRUSTEYE (2018 – 2021)

TRUSTEYE project's objective is to develop a miniaturized and low-power secure camera module, with application to dashcam, bodycam, drone camera etc. While project partners are developing image compression algorithms and cryptography, Microsys is in charge of hardware development. First, a miniature module integrating the FPGA and all additional functionalities (such as GPS receiver) was designed and implemented. Second, we developed a hardware anti-tampering system, complementing cryptographic techniques in order to protect data from unauthorized access and/or from data falsification.

Miniature camera module Anti-tampering concept
Miniature camera module (left), anti-tampering concept (right)

Ref:

F. Dupont, P. Laurent, F. Montfort, H. Pierre, L. Jeanne, S. Stoukatch, S. Dricot, J.M. Redouté, "A Miniaturized and Ultra-Low-Power Tamper Detection Sensor for Portable Applications", IEEE Sensors Journal, vol. 22, no. 5, pp. 4524-4533, 1 March, 2022, doi: 10.1109/JSEN.2022.3143656.

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VITAPATCH (2021 – 2023)

The VITAPATCH project targets the design of aggressively miniaturized and easily deployable smart sensor patches for healthcare applications and wearable monitoring. Two prototypes will be designed: the first will monitor the healing of open wounds while the second will measure subjects' four primary vital signs.

IoT technology will be used to transfer the vital signs and wound healing data continuously and in real-time to the cloud using a smartphone gateway, where the physical status of subjects will be displayed on a website and made accessible to remote healthcare applications.

System diagram of the open wounds monitoring smart sensor patch
System diagram of the open wounds monitoring smart sensor patch

Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique

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