Air pollution is not only a problem outdoors, but also indoors, where we spend an average of 22 hours a day. In order to detect harmful solvents that can be released over time from furniture, carpets or wall paints, scientists in the international doctoral program “SENNET” are working on reliable sensors based on porous materials.
“In a way, this works according to the lock-and-key principle and can be used like a kind of filter for selective measurements to reliably detect certain substances,” says Norbert Stock, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at CAU and international MOF expert, explaining the scientific approach of the entire programme.
SENNET has set itself the goal of providing highly qualified training for doctoral students. It is funded by the European Union with a total of around 3.2 million euros, with about half a million euros going to Kiel University.
“High-performance sensors must above all be sensitive, selective and stable. This means that they must be able to reliably detect even small amounts of the substance over time,” says co-subproject leader Dr Leonard Siebert. “With our materials and 3D printing techniques, we hope to improve several factors at once.”
The program combines expertise in chemistry, physics, materials science and sensor technology. It includes stays of several months at a partner university and company as well as joint conferences of the entire network.
“The focus of the programme is to attract talented young researchers from all over the world and to further qualify them for various career options. At the same time, it strengthens international cooperation and networking between basic and applied research as well as industry,” says sub-project leader Rainer Adelung, emphasising the advantages for doctoral researchers, universities and companies in the region.
Find out more about Kiel University at uni-kiel.de.
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