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Project no: GRS-099/19
Amount of funding: CHF 150'000
Duration: 06.2020 - 08.2021
Area of activity:
InnoBooster, seit 2018
PhD Ian Rousseau
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Rue de la Pontaise 23
1018 Lausanne (Schweiz)
- ian.rousseau@hexisense. com
Modern industry relies upon gas control and vacuum technology to make a surprising number of products we encounter in daily life, like electronics, food packaging, pharmaceuticals, batteries, and eyeglasses. To maximize the return-on-investment for expensive manufacturing equipment, vacuum and gas sensors provide process feedback. The global market for vacuum sensors alone is more than $1B annually.
The startup Hexisense is commercializing a technology invented at EPFL to detect small air leaks in vacuum equipment. The sensor can detect miniscule amounts of oxygen down to one-billionth of the pressure of the air we breathe. Just like smart sensors and AI have combined to decrease unscheduled maintenance in the aviation industry – resulting in reduced flight delays – our vision is to power a similar revolution in capital-intensive industries like semiconductor chip production.
What is special about the project?
The sensor leverages new physics unique to gallium nitride semiconductors, the same material that lights our homes in LEDs, to pursue new applications with this industry-proven material. We are confident that this sensing platform can overcome trade-offs with traditional sensors between gas selectivity, cost, and sensor size. With help from Innobooster, our technology will go beyond vacuum to address the environmental challenges of the 21st century.
Hexisense was founded in 2019 and will sell a small production series of vacuum sensor development kits for testing with industrial partners in summer 2020.
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Persons involved in the project
, founder Hexisense, project coordinator
Ana Gutierrez Gonzalez. postdoc, EPFL, project leader
Nicolas Grandjean, professor, EPFL, academic host
Giovanni Santoruvo, electrical engineer, Hexisense, Support
Last update to this project presentation 15.09.2020