One dimensional, single-chain polymers for gas sensors through high-pressure technology


Funded by: European Commission  
Calls: H2020, ATTRACT 3rd parties call
Start date: 2019-05-20  End date: 2020-10-31
Total Budget: EUR 100.000,00  INO share of the total budget: EUR 28.000,00
Scientific manager: Ponzoni Andrea   and for INO is: Ponzoni Andrea

Organization/Institution/Company main assignee: CNR – Istituto Nazionale di Ottica (INO)

other Organization/Institution/Company involved:
Università degli Studi di Torino

other INO’s people involved:

Gorelli Federico Aiace
Santoro Mario
Soprani Matteo

Abstract: SCENT aims to realize isolated, single-chain polymeric nanostructures featuring one-dimensional (1D) quantum-confined properties in configurations suitable for exploitation as gas-sensors.
These materials are ideal candidates for solid-state gas-sensor devices thanks to their unique 1D structure, which has been dreamt since a long time but is still unachieved due to technological gaps encountered in the different approaches adopted up to now.
Our key elements to overcome this gap are: the use of zeolites with angstrom-sized pores to template the realization of the polymers, and the exploitation of high-pressure technology to polymerize these guest-nanostructures inside the host-zeolite.
From a functional point of view, The SCENT materials will exhibit enhanced sensitivity, selectivity, and stability, with respect to state-of-the-art gas-sensors. Considering the limitations of nowadays available gas-sensors, which do not allow to satisfy the large demand arising from many fields, including environmental monitoring, medicine, safety and security, the expected improvements hold the potential to impact diverse aspects of our daily life and society.

The Scientific Results:
1) High-Pressure Synthesis and Gas-Sensing Tests of 1‐D Polymer/ Aluminophosphate Nanocomposites