Four Finnish-Brazilian research projects receive funding for optoelectronics research

16 Jun 2010

Four three-year Finnish-Brazilian joint research projects have been granted funding for optoelectronics research. The Academy of Finland has decided to fund Finnish research teams within the projects with a total of 1.7 million euros and Brazilian CNPq (Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico) will fund Brazilian researchers with 550,000 euros. Altogether nine applications were submitted to the joint project call in October 2009. In the international review of the applications, special attention was paid to the added value from the Finnish-Brazilian research collaboration.

The Academy of Finland and the CNPq agreed on cooperation in 2008. The first joint call, launched in autumn 2008, was implemented in the field of sustainable energy research. The projects of the present call are related to the Academy of Finland research programme Photonics and Modern Imaging Techniques. The research programme has previously launched joint calls with the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR).

Funding was granted to the following projects for 2010–2013:

Vahimaa, Pasi (University of Eastern Finland) and Karioja, Pentti (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland): “Gaining Raman imaging with photonics crystals and aperiodic nanostructures”, in collaboration with Jacobus Willibrordus Swart (Center for Information Technology Renato Archer- CTI). The aim of the project is to develop various all-dielectric nanophotonics structures to enhance Raman scattering. The proposed structures are more suitable for use in, e.g., low-cost diagnosis methods for tropical diseases than earlier presented metallic nanostructures.

Hölsä, Jorma (University of Turku): “Novel rare earth optical sensors and materials”, in collaboration with Hermi Felinto de Brito (Universidade de São Paulo). The project will study persistent luminescence and up-conversion luminescence of (nano)materials. These materials find potential applications in sensors for structural damage, pressure and temperature, and biomarkers.

Kamchiline, Alexei (University of Eastern Finland): “Optical high voltage and current sensors for electrical generation and transmission systems”, in collaboration with Antonio Sergio Bezerra Sombra (Universidade Federal do Ceará). The main objective of the project is to develop and study new methods and optical sensors for monitoring high currents and voltages in the electrical power industry.

Tuomisto, Filip (Aalto University School of Science and Technology): “Photovoltaics with semiconducting polymers blended with carbon nanostructures (POLYCARB)”, in collaboration with Lucimara Stolz Roman (Universidade Federal do Paraná). The main objective of the project is to achieve an understanding of how the morphology of different families of semiconducting polymers blended with carbon nanostructures affects the properties of the materials. These properties are crucial from the point of view of the efficiency of polymer-based photovoltaic devices.

More information on the research programme Photonics and Modern Imaging Techniques

For more information, please contact Programme Manager Anssi Mälkki, tel. +358 40 702 7921, anssi.malkki(at)

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