Application Areas


  • Water Quality monitoring – optical and electrochemical sensors for the determination of disinfectants, nitrate, dissolved oxygen, and organic pollutants.
  • Waste water/sewage analysis using non-contact optical techniques for the determination of BOD, COD, TOC colour and turbidity.
  • Miniaturised industrial chemical sensing (uTAS) system for industrial and domestic water monitoring.
  • Determination of pesticides and heavy metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium.
  • Air Quality-detection of solvent vapours: remote and localised sensing of explosive hydrocarbons and waste stack emissions.
  • Antibody-based sensors for phenolic compounds.
  • Integrated monitoring systems.
  • Remote sensing systems for the longterm remote determination of phosphate with in-situ data logging and GSM-based transmisson to replace ‘integrated monitoring systems’.


  • Point of care applications for cost effective muliparameter patient monitoring.
  • Low density microarrays based on antibodies, proteins and DNA for disease diagnosis and monitoring.
  • Micro instruments, sensors and sampling systems for minimally invasive analysis.
  • Development of tumour markers and human antibody assays.
  • Determination of enzymes such as lactate dehydrogenase and creatine kinase.
  • Custom bioprocess development.
  • Isolation and purification of biomolecules.
  • Development of novel sensors for the detection of illicit drugs.

Fundamental Materials, Separation Sciences, Imaging and Characterisation

  • Novel chromatographic materials
  • Separations technologies
  • Assay development
  • Biomolecular manipulation
  • Nanotechnology materials
  • Advanced spectroscopy techniques
  • Imaging
  • Image processing