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Development of a Wearable Microfluidic Platform Employing Wireless Actuators and Sensors (Advert Reference: SF18/MPEE/TORUN)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

The aim of this project is to develop a wearable microfluidic platform capable of monitoring biophysical parameters simultaneously with manipulating biological fluids. The microfluidic platform will be designed, fabricated and experimentally characterised.
The sensors and actuators on the platform will be operated wirelessly. The sensor is electrically passive and is based on an electromagnetic resonator. The actuation is based on the principles of surface acoustic waves. The actuator will also be operated wirelessly.

Microsensors and microactuators for microfluidic applications have been developed using various methods before. These devices are often optimised individually. However, an integrated system employing sensors and actuators on a single platform is needed to be designed comprehensively to meet the stringent requirements of wearable biodevices for in vivo applications.
The immediate application of the platform is in the continuous monitoring of biophysical parameters and biomarkers. The technology is suitable for multiple biomarker detection. Arrays of devices will be implemented towards this aim. Variants of the platforms will be optimised for glucose monitoring.

Please note eligibility requirement:

* Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
* Appropriate IELTS score, if required

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. SF18/MPEE/TORUN) will not be considered.

Start Date: 1 March 2019 or 1 June 2019 or 1 October 2019

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University hold an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

Funding Notes

This is an unfunded research project


1. G Ekinci, A Calikoglu, SN Solak, AD Yalcinkaya, G Dundar, H Torun, “Split-ring resonator-based sensors on flexible substrates for glaucoma monitoring”, Sensors and Actuators, A: Physical, DOI: 10.1016/j.sna.2017.10.054, 2017.
2. B Camli, E Kusakci, B Lafci, S Salman, H Torun, AD Yalcinkaya, "Cost-Effective, Microstrip Antenna Driven Ring Resonator Microwave Biosensor for Biospecific Detection of Glucose", IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, doi: 10.1109/JSTQE.2017.2659226, 2017.
3. H Torun, FC Top, G Dundar, AD Yalcinkaya, “An antenna-coupled split-ring resonator for biosensing”, Journal of Applied Physics 116 (12), 124701, 2014.
4. N Pekcokguler, G Dundar, H Torun, AD Yalcinkaya, “A Novel Equivalent Circuit Model for Split Ring Resonator with an Application of Low Phase Noise Reference Oscillator”, Integration, the VLSI Journal, DOI: 10.1016/j.vlsi.2017.12.004S, 2017.

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