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Development of optical nanobiosensors for body fluid identification on three-dimensional microfluidic paper analytical devices

   School of Science and Engineering

  ,  Wednesday, August 31, 2022  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Detector technology capable of identifying traces of body fluids recovered at a crime scene plays an important role in several forensic investigations. Fluids such as saliva, semen or blood can be very valuable in identifying a suspect or victim, and they can assist in piecing together the circumstances surrounding an alleged criminal event. The aim of the project is to develop highly sensitive, low-cost, rapid and non-destructive optical biosensors for the analysis of body fluids using advanced nanostructured materials. Optical biosensors using affinity-based systems with nanomaterials including plasmonic nanoparticles, magnetic nanoparticles, quantum dots and carbon nanomaterials will be used to construct state-of-the-art colorimetric and fluorescent-based biosensors for body fluid identification.

We are looking for a research driven, problem solving and highly motivated student with an excellent degree in chemistry, materials science or chemical biology to join our interdisciplinary team working at the forefront of challenges in forensic science. The ability to think outside the box and come up with cutting-edge research ideas will be a unique advantage. 

The studentship is based at the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science (LRCFS), University of Dundee and would involve collaboration with Dr Zhugen Yang at the Cranfield Water Science Institute, Cranfield University. Informal inquiries can be made to Dr Oluwasesan Adegoke () and Prof Niamh Nic Daéid ().

Funding Notes

Scottish/rest of the UK and Irish students are eligible for fully funded studentships including fees and an annual stipend. International students as defined by the University fee status assessment (View Website) may be admitted to the programme but will be required to pay full overseas fees and costs if accepted

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