Next-level integrated spectral sensors for agrifood applications

Presentation by Mauro Petruzella, Senior Researcher at Eindhoven University of Technology.

Abstract of presentation
We will discuss the recent development of integrated spectral sensors capable of identifying and quantifying key properties of fruits, plants, and organic materials along the full food production chain: on the field by farmers, in storage areas, within the distribution process. This innovative technology is based on arrays of detectors sensitive in the near-infrared, having dimensions similar to current smartphone cameras. They will offer a fast, low-cost, contactless, and non-invasive method to retrieve the chemical composition of materials without the need for sample preparation.

He will be speaking at the smart farming conference.

About Mauro Petruzella
He was born in Terlizzi, Italy, in 1989. He received an M.Sc. in Physics with summa cum laude from the University of Bari, Italy, in 2013. In 2017, he obtained a Ph.D. degree cum laude in Applied Physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e, The Netherlands), with a thesis on integrated quantum photonic circuits. He is currently a post-doctoral fellow at TU/e working in the Photonics and Semiconductor Nanophysics group.

He has won the APL Photonics Future Luminary Award, which recognizes the achievements of highly promising early career researchers with the potential to become luminaries in the field of photonics

About Eindhoven University of Technology
Eindhoven University of Technology is a young university, founded in 1956 by industry, local government and academia. Today, their spirit of collaboration is still at the heart of the university community. We foster an open culture where everyone feels free to exchange ideas and take initiatives.

Eindhoven University of Technology offers academic education that is driven by fundamental and applied research. Our educational philosophy is based on personal attention and room for individual ambitions and talents. Our research meets the highest international standards of quality. We push the limits of science, which puts us at the forefront of rapidly emerging areas of research.

Eindhoven University of Technology combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on mentality. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow. We understand things by making them and we make things by understanding them.

Our campus is in the centre of one of the most powerful technology hubs in the world: Brainport Eindhoven. Globally, we stand out when it comes to collaborating with advanced industries. Together with other institutions, we form a thriving ecosystem with one common aim – to improve quality of life through sustainable innovations.

Department of Applied Physics, Photonics and Semiconductor Nanophysics
The emission and absorption of light is the physical basis of lasers, LEDs, solar cells and photodetectors, which have become crucial parts of our daily life. By controlling these processes at a subwavelength scale, we can significantly improve the performance of these photonic devices and develop completely new ones. The Photonics and Semiconductor Nanophysics group investigates the physics of (nano-)photonic structures and materials in five distinct but related research lines, mostly centered around semiconductors, for applications ranging from optical communications to sensing and energy conversion.

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