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EPSRC CDT in Sensor Technologies for a Healthy and Sustainable Future


PhD project - research and training

Sensor CDT PhD projects are different from conventional PhD projects. Our PhD projects are interdisciplinary, bridging the gap between sensor technologies and applications. Each student is supervised by two supervisors from different departments who contribute expertise to the project from at least two aspects of sensor technologies, middleware or applications.

A conventional PhD project might focus on developing a novel sensor based on new materials or improving a sensor's performance. In the Sensor CDT students go further, designing and evaluating the sensor with a clear application in mind. Or students might use existing sensor technologies from Cambridge University or an industrial partner and apply it in an innovative way to solve a particular problem.

Throughout the three year PhD phase students are supported by a continuous training programme which fosters their research skills and provides ample opportunity to share and discuss results and ideas. We organise and run workshops on topics such as presentation and scientific writing skills, intellectual property and entrepreneurship, generating impact and disseminating research outcomes, and planning the first career steps.

List of PhD projects

The following list represents a sample of PhD projects carried out by our students

Project title Departments
Multidimensional image processing
and classification for improved cancer diagnosis
Physics & Electrical Engineering
Building a complete sensor system for
the intelligent toilet
Physics & Chemistry
Development of SERS-based
microfluidic devices for the continuous,
on-line monitoring of brain injury
Chemistry & Clinical Medicine
High-resolution antibody unfolding
studies for developability and novel
Chemistry & Industry
Design of targeting and stealth
functionalities in metal-organic
frameworks for cancer theragnosis
Chemical Engineering and
Biotechnology & Industry
Environmental monitoring
Carbon transfer in the Himalaya by
chemical weathering in the wake of the April 2015 Nepal Earthquake
Earth Science
Printable sensor technologies to
monitor air pollution
Electrical Engineering &
An affinity sensor to selectively measure volatile organic compounds of biomedical
and environmental interest
Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology & Industry
Space technology & astronomy
Ultra-low-noise detectors for
submillimetre-wave and far-infrared
space science
Astronomy & Electrical
New devices & technology
2-photon microlithography for
microscopic lab on chip devices
Chemical Engineering and
Biotechnology & Physics
Advanced carbon nanotube structures
for sensing applications
Institute for Manufacturing
& Engineering
GaN sensing platform Electrical Engineering &
Material Science
Functional membrane-based devices
for detection of biomolecules
Physics & Engineering
High speed imaging of synaptic
morphology with a novel structured
illumination microscope
Chemical Engineering and
Biotechnology & Psychology
The use of distributed source coding
in WSNs
Electrical Engineering &
Computer Science
Adaptive tactile sensing for robotics
based on thermoplastics
Engineering & Computer
Nano structured materials for tactile
Material Science & Electrical Engineering

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