22 Apr 2020
Academics from the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) have played a key role in the production of innovative thin film-based chips that will help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Working in partnership with Glenrothes-based semi-conductor foundry Semefab, researchers Professor Des Gibson and Dr David Hutson – of UWS’s Institute of Thin Films, Sensors and Imaging (ITFSI) – have produced the technology that will be embedded in non-contact thermometers, with the firm receiving orders for more than 12 million of the chips from across the world.
Developed in conjunction with Semefab, through the University’s ITFSI and with funding from CENSIS and InnovateUK ERANET, the sensors embedded in the chips absorb infrared radiation, giving an accurate measurement of human body temperature without the need for contact.
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