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Project QSense4Life – Forward-looking quantum sensorics project for life science and consumer applications

The project "QSense4Life" is investigating the system integration of solid-state room temperature quantum sensors providing a groundwork for later application in consumer products of the future.

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Dr. Christina Hirschl

Area Manager
Smart Systems

Telephone: + 43 (0) 4242 56300


This project is co-financed within the frame of QFTE-1stcall, by the Austrian National Foundation for Research, Technology and Development, the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), with support from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF).

Project goal

The potential to realise smaller and more precise systems puts quantum technologies on the brink of initiating a technological revolution in sensor technologies. Of particular interest for future applications are solid-state systems enabling a selective manipulation of quantum states of single atoms or lattice vacancies at room temperature.

A particular potential is exhibited by diamond crystals with controllably implanted nitrogen-vacancy point defects (NV centres), first embodiments of which are already being used as highly sensitive magnetometers. Based on visions of the industrial partners, the long-term vision of this research is to provide and offer entirely new products based on such quantum effects until ca. 2025, and actively shape the future with market-leading technologies.

The core objectives of the QSense4Life project are:

  • Researching and establishing the fundamentals for the systems integration of NV centre-based metrological setups in a compact sensor and
  • Investigating the possibility of using NV centres as transducer elements for chemo- and bio-sensors for selected example applications.

Based on a first laboratory demonstrator of a fully integrated quantum sensor a development perspective and 7-9-year R&D roadmap towards an innovative quantum bio-sensor for mass market applications will be developed.

Example applications for the demonstration of the feasibility of such quantum sensor systems are nutrient analyses in fruit juices and and approaches for the determination of individual needs and requirements for personalised dietary concepts.

Project consortium

The project is managed by CTR Carinthian Tech Research and conducted in collaboration with the University of Vienna, Infineon Technologies Austria AG and Philips Austria GmbH.

Project facts & figures

Title: QSense4Life 
Programme: first call for quantum research and quantum technology (QFTE)
Lead Management: CTR Carinthian Tech Research AG
Duration: 2 years (01/2019 – 12/2020)
Project partner: University of Vienna, Infineon Technologies Austria AG, Philips Austria GmbH, CTR Carinthian Tech Research

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