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Research on non-invasive and wearable biosensors is driven by the need for advanced diagnostics and vital sign monitoring for point-of-care and e-health implements. The research team, lead by Prof. Jose at Leeds, developed a surface engineered photonic glass using short pulse (femtosecond, fs) laser produced plasma of fluorescent materials for novel non-invasive sensing. As a first step in the development of biosensor based on the laser produced functional glass material, the technology has been proven for non-invasive glucose sensing for people with diabetes to provide them with a no-pain and convenient alternative to the current needle and blood based measurements. The university is co-developing this technology with Glucosense Diagnostics Ltd for commercial exploitation. The physical and optical properties of the functional layer on glass holds the key for advancing the technology in diverse application areas. These properties are closely related to the materials processing parameters such as laser energy and process gas used to fabricate it. The PhD student will undertake a detailed and in-depth analysis of these parameters for producing specifications for sensor materials fabrication and its scale up. We also aim to investigate, with the students project, the optimum properties of the modified glass layer for non-invasive sensor performance by electromagnetic modelling.

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It will be an excellent training opportunity for electromagnetic modelling, materials preparation with advanced laser technology and novel characterizations for real world applications. The student will also work alongside another PhD student funded by Glucosense on the non-invasive glucose sensor who can test the prepared materials under preclinical/clinical scenario and a postdoc working on the materials engineering.

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Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, in an Engineering or Physics discipline.


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