Dr Bassam Saadany, Co-founder & GM Optical MEMS Business Unit – Si Ware Systems | Topic: Ubiquitous Spectral Sensing: Impact on Human Life
Spectrometers are key instruments for every aspect of life. They can be used for material identifications, sorting, and classifications in many applications. They are also essential for environmental gas sensing, pollution monitoring, food quality control, pharmaceutical, and soil analysis …etc. The wide spread of spectrometer usage in life applications is based on the fact that each material has its own “spectral signature”. This signature or “finger print” depends on its internal structure/composition. Once this finger print has been detected, the material can be quantitatively identified. This proposes the spectroscopy to be an essential tool for the quality of life monitoring and control. The main barrier against the spectroscopy techniques to play this important role in our life is the high cost and heavy weight of classical spectrometers that are mainly bench top instruments.
In this talk we will present a transformation of the optical spectrometer from a bench top instrument to a tinny MEMS sensor: NeoSpetcraTM the world smallest FT Spectrometer thus enabling hundreds of applications for the end users. When this transformation is linked to the huge development in the Internet of things, IoT, the impact on our daily life will be tremendous. The objective of this talk is to explore this direction of research aiming to transform the optical spectrometer into a sensor and investigate its challenges and potential applications in the market.