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Mini Research Project

The Sensor CDT students carry out their mini research projects from January to March 2016. Inline with the spirit of the Sensor CDT project supervisors are from University departments across a wide range of sciences, technology and medicine. Some projects also receive support from industrial partners.

The range of topics is equally varied and challenges the students in new areas of sensor technologies and applications with which they are not intimately familiar.

At the end of the project the students present research talks and papers, some of which are published in scientific journals.

Topics in 2016

  • gas sensor technologies (employing carbon nanotubes, organic TFTs and absorption spectroscopy) and applications (breath analysis and detection of volatile organic compounds inside buildings)
  • tumor cell recognition by detecting chemical markers
  • surface acoustic wave sensors
  • decoding of semantic word categories from electro-/magnetoencephalography data
  • synthesis of nanostructures in nanowires
  • development of a low cost, open source fluorescence
    microscope capable of continuous live cell imaging
  • wireless sensor networks for bridge monitoring
  • disposable DNA/protein sensors using microfluidics
  • 2-photon microlithography for microscopic lab on chip devices
  • measuring protein binding affinities with AFM
  • rapid optical screening technique that measures the shape of virus particles

Departments and industry involved in 2016 mini projects

  • Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology
  • Materials Science
  • Neurosurgery
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Computer Lab
  • Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit
  • Alphasense
  • MedImmune

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Sensor CDT student Tiesheng Wang weaves new material for energy storage

Mar 22, 2018

Sensor CDT student Tiesheng Wang and his supervisor Stoyan Smoukov have developed a new supercapacitor made from a "candy cane" like flexible polymer material composite. Its flexibility and higher charge holding properties could enable new sensor applications, such as implantable sensors.

Addressing civil engineering challenges

Feb 01, 2018

Sensor CDT students teamed up with students and staff from the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction to think collectively about sensor solutions to challenges in the built environment.

Sensors Day 2017

Oct 26, 2017

Molecular sensors, sensing in the Antarctic, robotics...

Sensor CDT away day

Jun 27, 2017

Students from all three Sensor CDT cohorts traveled to Marston Vale to meet up with the MAS CDT for a joint away day aiming to solve research problems together.

Biomaker Challenge - deadline extended to 21 July

Jun 07, 2017

A four-month challenge to build low-cost sensors and instruments for biology

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