Medical Engineering / Nanotechnology : Fully Funded KESS II MSc by Research Scholarship: Wearable...

Updated: 8 months ago
Location: Swansea, WALES
Deadline: 28 Jun 2019

*This scholarships is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) programme for East Wales.*

Start date: October 2019

Wearable and flexible biosensors are gaining momentum and hold great potential in next generation biosensors owing to their intriguing applications in healthcare monitoring, and human–machine interfaces. Owing to their inherent miniaturisation and low-power requirements, simplicity, speed and low cost, these electrochemical devices meet the requirements of transducers for on-body wearable systems. Flexible electrochemical biosensors can be directly attached to the skin surface which can in-turn relay several useful information whilst interfacing with bodily fluids such as saliva, sweat, urine and blood.

Particularly, change in hydration levels plays a key role in determining the health conditions of an athlete as well as children. Dehydration has long-term effects on gastrointestinal, kidney, and heart function, contributing to constipation, chronic kidney disease, and coronary heart disease. Moreover, Mild dehydration can also impair cognitive functions including short-term memory, concentration, simple arithmetic, and motor skills. Thus, it is of significant interest to develop a non-invasive, high-throughput method for detecting hydration levels in the body. This KESS II project aims at developing a wearable and flexible tattoo biosensor for the detecting hydration levels in skin

This project is in collaboration between Swansea university and our industrial partner, Zimmer and Peacock Ltd – a leading developer and manufacturer of electrochemical sensors and biosensors technologies. The student will have access to the cutting-edge technologies available within the Centre for NanoHealth, College of Engineering, Swansea University and gain hands-on experience on electrochemical techniques (CV, EIS, etc.) and nanomaterials characterizations (SEM, TEM, XPS, AFM, etc.) towards developing wearable tattoo sensors.

Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SMEs and micro companies, as well as public and third sector organisations. The scholarship provides 1 year funding with a 3 month period to complete the thesis. The achievement of a postgraduate skills development award, PSDA, is compulsory for each KESS II scholar and is based on a 40 credit award.

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