2016 Ignite Project: ZPro

Pushing the Tumor’s Detection Limits in Positron Emission Tomography (PET): Developing Novel Materials with High-Z Value

Project overview

ZPro was awarded the BIST Ignite Grant in March, 2017. The news release can be found here.

ZPro will explore the application of a new material, perovskite, in the manufacture of high-precision tomography (PET), which is used in medicine for the detection of tumors and metastases, but also in the study of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, in cardiology, and in the research of the pharmacokinetics of drugs. Previous data suggest that this new material could increase detection accuracy by reducing the cost of current technologies.

Multidisciplinarity within ZPro

This project is intrinsically multidisciplinary, connecting the experience in chemical synthesis with sensor development and characterization from radiation detectors. ICIQ brings the knowledge about the synthesis of perovskites and the capability to optimize the composition for the goal of gamma ray detection beyond the work done for solar cells. IFAE brings experience on readout electronics, the design of application-specific integrates circuits (ASIC), potential medical and industrial applications, and sensor modelling and simulation.

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Project members

Federico Sanchez

Group Leader at IFAE

Emilio Palomares

ICREA Research Professor and Group Leader at ICIQ

Jose Gabriel Macias

ASIC Design Engineer at IFAE

Michael Leyton

Post-doctoral Fellow at IFAE

A. Toldra

Master Student at IFAE

Werther Cambarau

Laboratory Engineer at ICIQ

N. Fernández

Post-doctoral Fellow ICIQ

M. Méndez

Post-doctoral Fellow ICIQ

Institutional Members of the Board of Trustees