Functional Antifouling Electroactive Interfaces for Electrochemical Biosensing

   School of Science, Engineering and Environment

  Dr Joshua Lehr  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Information on this PhD research area can be found further down this page under the details about the Widening Participation Scholarship given immediately below.

Applications for this PhD research are welcomed from anyone worldwide but there is an opportunity for UK candidates (or eligible for UK fees) to apply for a widening participation scholarship.

Widening Participation Scholarship: Any UK candidates (or eligible for UK fees) is invited to apply. Our scholarships seek to increase participation from groups currently under-represented within research. A priority will be given to students that meet the widening participation criteria and to graduates of the University of Salford. For more information about widening participation, follow this link: [Scroll down the page until you reach the heading “PhD widening participation scholarships”.] Please note: we accept applications all year but the deadline for applying for the widening participation scholarships in 2024 is 28th March 2024. All candidates who wish to apply for the MPhil or PhD widening participation scholarship will first need to apply for and be accepted onto a research degree programme. As long as you have submitted your completed application for September/October 2024 intake by 28 February 2024 and you qualify for UK fees, you will be sent a very short scholarship application. This form must be returned by 28 March 2024. Applications received after this date must either wait until the next round or opt for the self-funded PhD route.


Project description: Functionalised materials have significant potential in the development of advanced bioelectronic systems for sensing and diagnostics. There are substantial potential applications of these emerging technologies. These include medical diagnostic/prognostic sensing systems capable of selective and sensitive detection of biomarkers associated with diseases, such as cancer and viruses. Such sensing systems show the promise of underpinning, rapid, cost-effective, point-of-care, diagnostics. Furthermore, sensing systems can also be developed to target the detection of pollutants, contaminants, and chemical agents.

This project will focus on the development of novel functionalized materials capable of providing robust and reliable sensing platforms for a range of targets. The project is interdisciplinary incorporating facets of inorganic, organic, physical, nano, and biological, chemistry.

Dr Joshua Lehr has significant research experience in electrochemistry, functional interfaces, and the development of biosensors. The laboratories are equipped with significant electrochemistry and surface characterisation techniques.

Applicants should have a strong background in chemistry or a related discipline. Ideally this would comprise of a high undergraduate grade (first or high second) or a masters degree in chemistry or biochemistry. Please contact Dr Joshua Lehr () for more information.

Biological Sciences (4) Chemistry (6) Engineering (12)

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