Chemical sensors and biosensors play a continued and critical role in society. Indeed the importance of their role has been played out over the COVID-19 pandemic highlighting the need for sensor technologies to help society manage the spread of disease. The need for the early detection of biological agents such as this virus has become clear and the rationale to develop sensor and detection technologies as a means to save lives and enhance society is clear.
The NCSR is developing new sensor platform technologies for biomedical and environmental applications to address many sensor grand challenges including enabling non-invasive diagnostics, early biomarker detection in disease diagnosis, and environmental monitoring of ambient air and our waterways. Specific examples include research on wearables for biomarker detection, wireless transduction technology for implantable sensors, sensing in the cellular environment using novel luminescent probes and the 3D printing of new biomimetic materials for diagnostic and therapeutic applications.