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Detection of Alcohol Intoxication: Development of a wristband style wearable device for the detection of alcohol intoxication.

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    Dr C Rowlands
    Dr D O'Hare
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

We invite applications for a PhD studentship in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London for 2017-18 entry. A stipend and home/EU fees for 3 years will be awarded to the successful candidate.* Overseas applicants can apply but have to show the evidence that the difference between the overseas fees and home/EU fees can be covered by other funding.

Automobile accidents caused by alcohol intoxication still remain a major killer worldwide. In 2013, in the USA alone, over 10,000 people died in accidents directly linked to driving while intoxicated. Unfortunately, ones judgement of how drunk him/herself is often wrong and there is no easy and socially acceptable way of knowing the levels of blood alcohol without blowing into a breathalyzer.

In this project, we will develop a wearable alcohol sensor in the form of a wrist band that can detect the level of alcohol intoxication due to consumption of alcohol containing beverages such as beer and wine and alert the consumer in real-time.

With minor alternations, the same system may be modified into a diagnostic device for measuring ketone levels, an important biomarker for the management of diabetes.

This project will involve development of hardware and software, in addition to survey of the literature. Please contact Firat Guder ([Email Address Removed]) or Danny OHare ([Email Address Removed]) for more information regarding this project.

Applicants should have a high calibre Master’s degree (or equivalent qualification) in engineering or physical sciences. A background in chemistry is desired but not necessary. We are looking for highly motivated applicants with excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills but most importantly enthusiasm for exposure to a diversity of scientific projects and passion for developing new technologies.

To apply for this position, please email a single PDF file including: a cover letter describing your interests and research experience, your CV, a copy of transcripts, and names and contact information of two references to Dr Firat Guder ([Email Address Removed]) with the subject line “Wristband-PhD”.

*The standard PhD studentship covers home/EU tuition fees and provides a bursary (this was £16,296 p.a. for 2016-17, including London weighting).


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