AMOXES: Advanced Electro-Optical Chemical Sensors


The need of effective portable chemical detectors and deployment of remote sensing platforms is continuously growing either for civil, industrial and security applications, in particular for the detection and diagnosis of CBRN substances. Nanotechnology enables today the development of innovative chemical sensors with enhanced sensing capabilities, improved selectivity and sensitivity, and higher reliability.

AMOXES is a Multi-Year Project (MYP) supported by NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme (SPS), which has the main goal to prepare an innovative electro-optical chemical nano-sensor, never tried so far, that combines two different transduction principles on a single device: i) one conventional conductometric MOX sensor and ii) an optical sensor based on Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance (LSPR) effect excited in the MOX nanostructures.

Duration: 01/10/2019 - 30/09/2022

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UNIBS-TUM Skype Meeting

UNIBS-ANU Skype Meeting

Project Skype Meeting

UNIBS-TUM Skype Meeting

Project Skype Meeting

UNIBS-ANU Skype Meeting

TUM visits UNIBS laboratories & Meeting

AMOXES Website online!

Kick-Off Meeting

NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme (SPS)

The NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme (SPS) seeks to enhance cooperation and dialogue between NATO and partner nations through civil science and innovation. The SPS Programme funds activities relevant to NATO‘s strategic objectives which address SPS Key Priorities. SPS offers grants for collaborative research and development projects, workshops, institutes, and training involving scientists and experts from NATO nations and partner countries.

The SPS Programme promotes security-related practical cooperation based on scientific research, innovation and knowledge exchange within NATO’s wide network of partner countries. It connects scientists, experts and officials from Allied and partner countries to address security challenges, such as cyber defence, counter-terrorism or defence against CBRN agents; to support NATO-led missions and operations; to foster the development of security-related advanced technologies such as sensors and detectors, nanotechnologies, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); and to address human and social aspects of security such as the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325).

In this regard, the SPS Programme greatly benefits from the expertise of other NATO agencies, divisions and delegations, and bodies such as centres of excellence. The Programme provides the Alliance with a unique channel for non-military communication, including in situations or regions where other forms of dialogue are difficult to establish. It enables NATO to become actively involved in such regions, often serving as the first concrete link between NATO and a new partner.

The SPS Programme has evolved continuously since its foundation in 1958. To this end, a comprehensive reorientation of the Programme took place in 2013, which gave SPS a renewed focus on larger-scale strategic activities beyond purely scientific cooperation.

The current version of Handbook and its annexes are available on the NATO SPS website: