Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Centre for Advanced Sensor Technologies

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The Centre for Advanced Sensor Technologies was founded in 2006 and brings together expertise in microelectronics, optoelectronics and novel materials. Advanced sensors have wide-ranging impact in everyday life and are used to:

  • build new energy efficient lighting systems
  • develop cheap, fast and easy medical diagnostics, such as blood tests
  • Monitor pollution
  • measure cell damage in accident victims
  • make manufacturing more efficient.

The Centre's interdisciplinary research focuses on highly accurate sensors, devices and related technologies, including:

  • electronic circuit and systems
  • wide bandgap semiconductors
  • LEDs
  • devices for medical applications
  • implantable systems
  • sensor and actuator materials
  • nanotechnology
  • biosensors and chemical sensors.


We run several well-equipped optical and electronic test laboratories, including:

  • A full suite of industry-standard circuit design software
  • An electronics test and measurement laboratory
  • A materials laboratory suite
  • A microfabrication laboratory
  • A chemical sample preparation and electrochemistry laboratory.

We also have full access to the David Bullett Nanofabrication Facility, which is dedicated to nanotechnology research.

In detail


  • Implantable systems for Electroneurogram (ENG) recording
  • Electroneurogram (ENG) signal processing
  • Application of analogue methods to motion estimation systems for low power video applications
  • CMOS biocompatible multiple electrode arrays
  • Label-free electrical detection of biomolecular interactions
  • Biologically sensitive field-effect devices
  • Nano-biosensors

Optoelectronics and photonics

Our research develops wide bandgap semiconductors materials, nanostructures and devices, and guided wave semiconductor integrated optical devices and circuits. We are recognised worldwide for our strong theoretical modelling and efficient device fabrication facility.

  • Wide band gap semiconductor material epitaxy
  • Wafer-scale nano-imprinting techniques
  • Semiconductor nano-structures
  • III-Nitride LEDs for solid-state lighting
  • Electrorefraction in quantum wells and superlattices
  • Tunable optical filters and other functional devices for wavelength division multiplexed optical networks
  • Advanced microfabrication techniques for semiconductor and glass based photonic components
  • High-power superluminescent diodes
  • High-power laser diodes and arrays
  • Optoelectronics and photonics device modelling.