Project Code: ERANET-M-SmartMatter

Time: 01.06.2020 31.05.2023


Core integration of novel functional, adaptive materials into a smart, highly sensitive analytical system for point of need environmental applications

SmartMatter proposes novel functional materials featuring magneto-plasmonic properties and validated capability for boosting sensitivity to environmentally relevant analytes. Adaptive 3D-nanoplatforms will enhance the analytic response of (magneto)optical waveguides sensing chips encompassing analyte specific interaction sites. SmartMatter sensors become active, dynamic amplifiers of the target specific reactions that modulate their structure. Nanoparticle/dynameric conjugates are set to play a double role: as framework for optical waveguide and as sites for interaction with the analytes. SmartMatter monitoring and interconnectivity capabilities will support reduction of greenhouse gas emission by providing a flexible network of sentinel sensors. Wider impact is foreseeable for energy field where the novel materials warrants enhanced catalytic power, improved sensitivity, specificity and compatibility with portable formats strengthening European innovation and industrial leadership.

Sketch of the Sensing Concept

Expected results

SmartMatter is set to provide:

innovative functional materials (adaptive 3D nano-platforms) featuring optical (plasmonic) and magneto-plasmonics properties and validated capability (TRL4) to boost the sensitivity of optical waveguide sensors (Surface Plasmon Resonance, SPR and Magneto Plasmonic SPR, MOSPR) to detect traces of greenhouse gases and LMWC in point of need formats for environmental monitoring.

At least two 3D multi-layered nano-platforms of adaptive dynamer-nanoparticle conjugates will be developed. The selectivity and sensitivity of the optical waveguide sensing devices based on the envisaged 3D nano-platforms will be increased by at least two-fold compared to the state-of-the-art.


  • Milestones

Mi1.1: SPR and MoSPR assessment of three model analytes, one of each type (greenhouse gas, VOC and LMWC) using the sensing chips with integrated adaptive 3D functional nano-platforms and the bench type optical waveguide, (P1,P2, P3 & P5) M24- publication

Mi 1.2: SmartMatter prototype, as a point of need, portable analytic system that integrates functional metamaterials with user friendly sensing protocol, ready for optimization and validation; (P1÷P5); M24

Mi2.1: At least three analytes model systems, among the set screened, are identified via functional binding groups (P1- P5) M3

Mi2.2: Multivalent nanometric networks and 3D nanostructured NPs/ polymer frameworks developed; (P2, P3) M30

Mi3.1: In lab validation of the SmartMatter prototype on selected greenhouse gases, VOCs and LMWC of environmental relevance; Reach TRL4; (P1-P5) M36 –Paper

Mi4.1 Consortium Agreement signed; P1,P2,P3,P4, P5 (M3)

Mi4.2 Project website traffic of at least 500 visits; P1÷P5 (M6)

  • Project Results/2020

Coordinator (P1), International Centre of Biodynamics (ICB)

Partner 2: CNR ITM;

Partner 3: CNRS-IEM

Partner 4: Centro Analisi Biochimiche Sas (CAB)

  • Press release

  • Contacts

Eugen Gheorghiu  ICB - Eugen Gheorghiu -

  CNR ITM - Lidietta Giorno:

  CNRS-IEM - Mihail Barboiu:

  Centro Analisi Biochimiche Sas (CAB) - Carmine Ventre -

CHIPLINK - Dragos Popescu: