In collaboration with industry partners, CAMIC has multiple projects involved in the development and testing of high quality gas sensors to detect toxic metals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Developing various types of sensor devices for different applications is one of the main strengths of Nanotechnology and Sensing group in CAMIC. The group collaborates with many industrial partners and academic researchers around the world.
Typical sensors developed and tested in the group include quartz crystal microbalance, resistive and surface acoustic wave to detect toxic metals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
An example of the former is the development of mercury vapour sensors (with PCT patent) which have received much media attention. The VOC sensors developed are targeted for medical industries where the sensors can potentially be used to undergo non-invasive sampling (human breath) to diagnose diabetics from healthy patients by monitoring their breath acetone concentration.
Team leader: Distinguished Professor Suresh Bhargava
Key people: Dr Ylias Sabri, Dr Ahmad Kandjani, Dr Samuel Ippolito
Current Higher Degree by Research students: Mr Bebeto Lay, Ms Shravanti Joshi, Mr Sulthan Rashid
PhD positions available: Contact Dr Ylias Sabri for possible candidature/collaboration opportunities.
- K.M.M. Kabir; S.J. Ippolito; A.E. Kandjani; Y.M. Sabri; S.K. Bhargava; Nano-engineered surfaces for mercury vapor sensing: Current state and future possibilities; 2017, 88, 77–99. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0165993616302308
- Y.M. Sabri; S.J. Ippolito; J. Tardio; V. Bansal; A.P. O'Mullane; S.K. Bhargava; Gold nanospikes based microsensor as a highly accurate mercury emission monitoring system; Scientific reports 4, 6741. http://www.nature.com/articles/srep06741
- Y.M. Sabri; S.J. Ippolito; A.J. Atanacio; V. Bansal; S.K. Bhargava; Mercury vapor sensor enhancement by nanostructured gold deposited on nickel surfaces using galvanic replacement reactions; Journal of Materials Chemistry 22 (40), 21395-21404. http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlehtml/2012/jm/c2jm33480a