Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies

Sensors – Diagnostics for Sustainable Healthcare

Date: Wednesday 12 April 2017

Time: 09:30 - 18:00

Location: University of Bath, The Chancellors' Building 1.12

The Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) brings together expert speakers from the UK and Europe along with researchers at the CSCT to present the latest research into sustainable healthcare technologies with a particular emphasis on sensors.

This student-led symposium will provide an outstanding series of talks, a poster session and a panel discussion covering interdisciplinary challenges and opportunities associated with the development of sensors. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with academics and PhD students working in the field of sustainability. 


Registration has now closed. Email csct@bath.ac.uk to check if there are any spaces available.  

If you wish to display a poster, please submit your abstract to C.M.Lopez@bath.ac.uk.


Time Title   Speaker
09.30 Registration and coffee  
10.00 Welcome   Dr Marc Hutchby, Centre Manager, CSCT
10.10 Multiplexed and Quantitative Bioanalysis using Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS)   Professor Karen Faulds, University of Strathclyde Glasgow
10.45 Implantable Bioelectronics Sensors   Dr Victor Pikov, Galvani Bioelectronics
11.20 Coffee Break and Poster Session    
11.50 Green routes to produce graphene-based biomedical materials   Dr Aravind Vijayaraghavan, University of Manchester
12.25 From bench top to bedside: Multiplex Point of Care Development   Dr Barrie Marsh, Atlas Genetics
13.00 Lunch and Poster Session  
14.00 Carbon nanomaterials as imaging and diagnostic tools for nanomedicine   Professor Silvia Giordani, University of Turin
14.35 Community sensors for public health assessment   Professor Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern and Dr Pedro Estrela, University of Bath
15.10 How the Blood Electrolyte Analyzer Happened   Professor Amilra de Silva, Queen’s University Belfast
15.45 Coffee Break and Poster Session  
16.15 Panel Discussion: "What are the interdisciplinary challenges and opportunities associated with the development of sensors?" Chair: Professor Tony James
17.15 Poster prizes and closing remarks   Dr Pedro Estrela, University of Bath
17.30 Wine reception and posters  


About our speakers

Dr Pedro Estrela, University of Bath

Pedro_estrelaDr Pedro Estrela is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Research at the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering at the University of Bath. With a background in Physics (degree and Masters from the University of Lisbon, PhD from the University of Amsterdam), Dr Estrela started working in the field of biosensors in 2000 as a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, before joining the University of Bath in 2008. His research focuses on the development of label-free electrical, electrochemical and optoelectronic biosensors for a wide range of applications such as medical diagnostics and environmental monitoring. He is the manager of the Bath Biosensor Network, Theme Leader (Healthcare Technologies) at the CSCT, Theme Leader (Sensors & Data) at the Water Innovation & research Centre, and Coordinator of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network PROSENSE (2012-2016) devoted to prostate cancer diagnosis.

Professor Karen Faulds, University of Strathclyde Glasgow

20170412_Karen_FauldsProfessor Karen Faulds is a Professor in the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde and an expert in the development of surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and other spectroscopic techniques for novel analytical detection strategies and in particular multiplexed bioanalytical applications. She has published over 100 peer reviewed publications and has filed 5 patents.

In 2009 she was presented with the Nexxus Young Life Scientist of the Year award and in 2011 was elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland, and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2012. She was recently awarded the 2013 RSC Joseph Black Award and was the 2016 recipient of the Craver Award from the Coblentz Society and was named as one of the Top 50 Women in Analytical Science by The Analytical Scientist magazine in 2016. She has given over 50 invited talks at national and international conferences. She is the Strathclyde Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Optical Medical Imaging, the Chair of the Infrared and Raman Discussion Group (IRDG) and serves on the editorial board for RSC Advances and the editorial advisory board for Analyst and Chemical Society Reviews.

Professor Silvia Giordani, University of Turin, Italy

2017_silvia_giordaniProfessor Silvia Giordani is an Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Turin, Italy. Professor Giordani's research interests are in the design, synthesis, and characterisation of a wide range of nanomaterials for applications in smart and responsive bio-related nanotechnologies. Since 2001, she has authored over 70 peer-reviewed publications in international journals that have received approximately 4,000 citations.

She received a Laurea in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology from the University of Milan, Italy and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Miami, USA. Supported by Marie Curie Fellowships she studied various aspects of nanotechnology as a post-doctoral fellow at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Ireland and the University of Trieste, Italy. She has been awarded the prestigious Science Foundation Ireland's President of Ireland Young Researcher Award (PIYRA) and from 2007 to 2013 she was a Research Assistant Professor in the School of Chemistry at TCD. In 2012, she received L’Oreal-UNESCO UK and Ireland for Women in Science Fellowship, and has been a visiting scientist at the Joint Research Center in Ispra, Italy. In September 2013 she established the Nano Carbon Materials research lab at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) in Genova, Italy, where she ran an interdisciplinary research group. 

Professor Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern, University of Bath

barbara_kasprzyk-hordernBarbara Kasprzyk-Hordern is a Professor in Environmental and Analytical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Bath. Her principal research interests fall into the three interrelated research areas of environmental, analytical and water sciences. In years 2012-2016 Barbara coordinated SEWPROF, an interdisciplinary European Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie Initial Training Network focused on urban water fingerprinting for public health assessment. This talk will introduce the concept and its rapid advances.

Dr Barrie Marsh
, Atlas Genetics

MarshAfter receiving his MChem in Chemistry with Study in USA from the University of Sheffield, Barrie Marsh continued at Sheffield for his PhD studies under the supervision of Simon Jones. He completed his PhD in 2008 with thesis titled “Studies into the Asymmetric Reduction of Imides using Oxazaborolidines Derived from cis-1-Amino-Indan-2-ol”. He then moved to the University of Bath to take up a post-doctoral position in the group of David Carbery. In 2010 he moved to industry working with Tocris Bioscience. In 2011 he moved to Atlas Genetics where he has risen to Project Leader, the position he currently holds. Barrie forms a key part of the partnership between Atlas Genetics and the University of Bath.

Dr Victor Pikov, Galvani Bioelectronics 

victor_pikovDr Victor Pikov leads the Research Platforms function tasked with sourcing and developing wirelessly-powered implantable stimulation devices and cuff electrodes for the Disease Biology and Treatment Discovery functions. He works closely with several commercial and academic partners.

Prior to Galvani Bioelectronics, while at the Huntington Medical Research Institutes, he evaluated PNS and CNS neural interfaces in various models of chronic diseases, such as infertility, bladder paralysis, bladder spasticity/hyperreflexia, hearing and vision loss, tinnitus, obstructive sleep apnea, and obesity. His PhD work at Georgetown University was on the spinal control of bladder voiding and postdoctoral work at the California Institute of Technology was on optogenetic viral vectors for neuronal stimulation.

Professor Amilra de Silva, Queen’s University Belfast

2017_ap_silvaProfessor A. P. de Silva is a Professor in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the Queen's University Belfast. He introduced molecular logic as an experimental field and established the generality of the luminescent PET (photoinduced electron transfer) sensor/switch principle. He contributed to the chemistry module of the market-leading point-of-care blood gas/electrolyte analyzer, which has sales of 140 M USD for human use (OPTITM) and 400 M USD for veterinary use (VETSTATTM) so far. He wrote the book ‘Molecular Logic-based Computation’ in 2013, which is also available in Chinese and in Japanese since 2014.

Dr Aravind Vijayaraghavan, The University of Manchester

2017_Aravind_VijayaraghavanDr Aravind Vijayaraghavan is a Lecturer in Nanomaterials in the School of Materials and the National Graphene Institute at The University of Manchester. He leads the Nano-functional Materials Group and his research involves the science and technology of graphene and 2-dimensional materials, particularly for applications in composites, electronics, sensors and biotechnology. He was previously a post-doctoral research fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. He obtained his MEng (2002) and PhD (2006) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA and his BTech (2000) from the Indian Institute of Technology - Madras, India. He has published over 60 papers in international peer reviewed journals and delivered over 50 presentations at international conferences. He is also a leader in public engagement and science communication and won the 2013 Joshua Phillips Award for Innovation in Science Engagement.