Gas sensor area focus to solve environmental issue such as air pollutant in Indonesia. In this research area AFM lab developed chemiresistive gas sensor based on metal oxide nanostructure and capacitive gas sensor based on Metal Organic Framework (MOF). Modification their nanostructure, forming nanocomopite with other MOF/metal oxides or carbon nanomaterials, and doping with noble metals are also conducted to improve gas sensor performances. Recently AFM lab successful produced various structure of metal oxide that has high sensitivity and selectivity toward toxic gasses such as CO, SO2, NO, CO2, and VOC. AFM laboratory provide international standard of gas sensor testing equipment to support this research area. Goal of this research area is to produce high performance material gas sensor as basis in local air quality monitoring system.
Development research in biosensor area is based on the challenge to decrease death rate due to cancer In Indonesia. AFM developed nanocomposite which consist of magnetite material nanostructure and carbon nanomaterial as sensitive material for early detection cancer. We also utilize natural resources as source for magnetite material. In this area we focus on using electrochemical method and Surface Plasmon Resonance method. Goal of this research area is to produce material sensitive layer as basis detector for early detection of cancer.
Fruit Ripening Sensor
As agricultural country, Indonesia faced material lost because of some broken fruits during transfer process to costumers. Accurate prediction is necessary to minimize the lost. Fruit ripening sensor is one of AFM Lab’s research area. AFM lab developed material sensor for gasses that emitted by fruit during ripening process. We focus on modification metal oxide using other materials to improve their sensitivity toward the gasses. Goal of this research area is to produce high performance gas sensor which can give accurate prediction of highest point of ripening time.
Dye Sensitized Solar Cell
The needed of alternative energy to help conventional plant cover the energy demand increase over years. One of the alternative energies is solar cells. AFM labs has developed third generation solar cells which is dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). This research area focused on utilization of unique local plant of Indonesia as dye and modification of metal oxide nanostructure as counter electrode. Recently grass extract, orange peels, mangosteen peels, salak peels, black rice extract, and other leaves extract have been utilized as dye. In 2014, AFM lab has successful developed natural dye from grass for DSSC with efficiency is about 3%. Goal of this research area is to produce DSSC that has high efficiency.