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Developing a new technique for rapid design and manufacturing of optimised prosthetic sockets for lower limb amputees

MicroTechnologies for impedance microbiology for the detection of E.coli in raw milk.

Integrated SYsteM based on PHOtonic Microresonators and Microfluidic Components for rapid detectioN of toxins in milk and dairY products.

The main research activity performed in this context in the last years was the development of Kinetic Inductance Detectors (KIDs). They are superconducting cryogenic detectors in which radiation detection is achieved by measuring small changes caused by photon absorption in the surface impedance of a superconducting strip metal incorporated in a high Q resonant circuit. The extremely low loss characteristic of superconductors makes these detectors extremely sensitive and, as a consequence of the high Q value, intrinsically multiplexable in the frequency domain, so that they can be easily implemented into large format arrays. A great advantage in using KID is that the fabrication process is straightforward, consisting in the simplest configuration of one single step of metal deposition and etching, guaranteeing a high yield a very low cost per pixel.