Indeed, performances in odor perception of the animal kingdom outperform artificial sensors derived from micro and nano-technologies by several orders of magnitude (electronic noses, NEMS/MEMS sensors, MOX sensors). This Ph.D. position, right at the interface between biology and microtechnology aims at understanding and re-creating some of the functions observed
in mammals for capture of odors molecules in small amount, with a focus the “integrated systems” that constitutes living organisms. Indeed the work will not be centered on technological development but will rather focus on a “co-evolution” of the different system’s components. The Ph.D. student will share his time between LETI/Carnot Institute in Grenoble for the microfluidic and sensors part and Tours University/CNRS for the biological part and flux imaging experiments.

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