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Flexible Electrochemical Multi sensors For online Water Quality Monitoring

   School of Computing, Engineering & the Built Environment

  Dr Libu Manjakkal  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Solid state electrochemical sensor technologies with IoT systems have significant importance in many fields such as medical, biological, agricultural and environmental pollution monitoring systems. In environmental pollution, water pollution has serious consequences for human health, animal, fish and plant life. Water quality monitoring demands the determination of parameters like pH, dissolved oxygen (DO), conductivity, turbidity, Cl- ion, temperature, content of ammonia, metal ions, etc. This PhD project will develop a new flexible electrochemical mutisensor pacth (pH, DO, dissolved ions) on flexible substrate. Such sensor patch will have potential implementation in underwater vehicles for online water quality monitoring. The sensors will be fabricated by screen printing technology.

The expected major activities are

1. Preparation of new biocompatible sensitive electrode paste and fabrication of flexible electrodes.

2. Structural, morphological and elemental analysis of the sensitive electrodes

3. Fabrication of the sensors by printing technology and investigate the sensing mechanism using electrochemical characterisations.

Academic qualifications

A first degree (at least a 2.1) ideally in material science, chemistry, physics and electronics engineering with a good fundamental knowledge of electrochemistry and advanced functional materials.

English language requirement

IELTS score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s policy are available online.

Essential attributes:

· Experience of fundamental sensors fabrication, electrochemistry and advanced functional materials

· Competent in collaborative research work

· Knowledge of sensing technology

· Good written and oral communication skills

· Strong motivation, with evidence of independent research skills relevant to the project

· Good time management

Desirable attributes:

  • Knowledge in wireless communication

For enquiries about the content of the project, please email Dr Libu Manjakkal

For information about how to apply, please visit our website

To apply, please select the link for the PhD Computing FT application form.

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