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Electron Science Research Institute partnership with Nortel Networks

The Electron Science Research Institute is working with partner Nortel Networks on several projects including:

  • Development of plasmonics-based metals miconductor-metal photodetectors
  • Development of a Wireless Sensor Network for water quality monitoring, and
  • Development of fibre-optic water quality sensor.

The first project focuses on the development of novel metal-semiconductor-metal photo detectors (MSM-PDs) using plasmonic effects for improving efficiency and bandwidth performance. MSM-PDs are smaller and faster devices than conventional PIN (p-doped/intrinsic/n-doped) photo detectors making them very important for various applications within the telecommunication industry.

The second project focuses on the development of a web-based sensor network application for monitoring water pollution using Zigbee and WiMax technologies. This will enable many applications such as remote-health/care, effective environmental pollution monitoring, and water quality monitoring in an open environment.

The system is designed to collect and process information, and make decisions in real time via a remote web server. The outcomes of the project will trigger the development of advanced WiMax networks for wireless monitoring and control.

The third project focuses on the development of a highly advanced fibre-optic salinity sensor with adjustable sensitivity suitable for both monitoring permeate and brine in water desalination plants.

The proposed sensor network has potential to offer the water desalination industry a very low cost, both in term of network deployment and maintenance, and as a highly sensitive and compatible sensing solution for real-time monitoring of key parameters during the desalination process. In addition, the optical fibre sensor can benefit applications in structural health monitoring, oil exploration and biomedical sensing and instrumentation.

Key ECU staff

Professor Kamal Alameh, Dr Hoang Nghia Nguyen, Ling Viet Nguyen.

Engagement Partners

Nortel Networks Australia.

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