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Julie MacPherson

Can we develop commercially viable diamond electrode technology for chemical sensing?

There are a plethora of papers in the scientific literature devoted to the development of a new material or methodology for chemical sensing but how many of these papers see the concepts discussed translate into a commercial possibility. In the electrochemical field diamond electrodes have been discussed frequently as a material that has the potential to outperform other electrodes for chemical sensing, due to the extended solvent window, reduced fouling, low background currents, anti-corrosive properties but as of yet there are no products based on diamond electrodes for chemical sensing. In the waste water treatment area the story is different and here there are a few commercial organisations selling diamond electrodes into this marketspace. This keynote will aim to speculate why this might be and outline application areas in the chemical sensing area where diamond may have a significant future impact. 


Julie MacPherson

Julie MacPherson

Department of Chemistry

University of Warwick

Professor Julie V. Macpherson is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Warwick and currently also a Royal Society Industry Fellow. Her current work is associated with the development of electrochemical based sensors for the monitoring of solution species. She has published over 170 peer reviewed publications (H index 47) and has filed 15 patents. She has won a variety of awards for her work including the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Marlow Medal and the McBain medal (RSC and Society of Chemical Industries). In 2016 she was named as one of the Top 50 Women in Analytical Science by The Analytical Scientist magazine. She is currently significantly involved with the CDT Centre for Diamond Science and Technology, a group of eight universities with its hub at Warwick.


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